Pryor names leader

Calvin Pryor has a leader. The three-star safety from Port St. Joe, Fla., has an official visit scheduled to Louisville next month and broke the news about his new favorite with InsideTheVille.com.

Calvin Pryor, a three-star safety from Port St. Joe, Fla., has a leader.

Louisville has prioritized the 6'2, 200-pound Pryor in the Class of 2011 and have recruited him hard all summer.

Louisville assistant Ron Dugans is Pryor's primary contact, but head coach Charlie Strong has also been heavily involved in the recruitment of Scout.com's 26th best safety prospect in the nation. That effort now has the Cardinals positioned atop Pryor's list.

"I have a leader now – Louisville is my leader," Pryor said. "Me and my dad were talking about it the other day. They're standing at the top right now because of the relationships I have with the coaches. Even though I haven't been up there it feels like home from what they tell me. It seems like they're recruiting me harder than the other schools right now."

Pryor said he speaks frequently with the Louisville coaches.

"Everything is going great," Pryor said. "I talk to Coach Strong and Coach Dugans. I call them once or twice a week just to stay in contact with them. The talks are going great. They're telling me how I can make a big impact if I come there and that I'd compete for a starting spot right away."

How big of factor is the opportunity to play next season for Pryor?

"It's not a big factor because I'm going to school to get an education," Pryor said. "Football is my second job, going to school is my first job. But it would mean a lot to me if I got on the field early."

Pryor will make his first official visit September 11 to Louisville for the Cardinals game against Eastern Kentucky. He's heard a lot about Strong's program during the recruiting process and has been investigating the Cardinals online. Now, Pryor's ready to make a visit to Louisville and see Strong's program up close.

"I want to take a look around campus and see the facilities," Pryor said. "I want to see how the team interacts with one another and see if they have better chemistry since Coach Strong got there. I'm looking forward to meeting some of their guys."

While Louisville is the team to beat for Pryor's services, Florida State and Maryland don't plan to concede Pryor to the Cardinals just yet.

"I'm trying to set up a visit to Florida State after [Louisville]," Pryor said. "Louisville is No. 1 and Florida State and Maryland are tied for No. 2. Arkansas and UCF are in my top five."

What is Pryor thinking about a decision?

"Whenever it feels right and I'm one hundred percent sure," Pryor said. "I want to make sure I'm making the right choice. Location is not a problem. Going off to school won't be a problem."


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