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Despite already having commitments from two of the top ten running backs in the country, the LSU coaches seem to be looking to add one more runner in the 2009 class. One of the prospects they are heavily pursuing is Lonnie Pryor from Okeechobee, Florida.

Pryor is currently rated a 4 star prospect and the 20th best running back in the country by So it’s no surprise that he had a little trouble recalling all the schools that stopped by Okeechobee to watch him during spring practice.


“Oh man, I don’t know if I can remember them all,” Pryor said with a chuckle. “Let's see, Florida State, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Rutgers, Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, South Florida, and Central Florida. I think that’s enough for now, but it was basically all the schools that have offered me.”


“I have 24 official written offers,” he continued. “Schools like Georgia and Tennessee have also told me that I have an offer, but I don’t have the letter from them yet.


Even with those 24 offers, it’s pretty well known that Pryor is openly leaning towards Florida State.


“Yes, Florida State is still at the top of my list,” Pryor admitted. “They have just always been my favorite team. After them its LSU, Florida, Clemson, Auburn, and Georgia, but that list changes pretty much every week. I’m going to hold off on committing until after the season though because I want to make sure to take some visits to places.”


Speaking of visits, Pryor just recently finished his junior year of high school. So with summer now here, he is going to be working out, attending camps, and making unofficial visits to schools.


“I’ll be going to a couple of camps and on a couple visits,” said Pryor (6-1, 195, 4.5). “Next week I’m going to Florida for a visit. Then starting in July I’m going to camps at LSU and Tennessee, and visits to Auburn and Clemson. Those are the four I know for sure right now.”


Pryor was in attendance for LSU’s spring game in early April and came away from his visit very impressed with everything the Tigers have to offer.


“I went to LSU over my spring break and I loved it down there,” he said. “The campus is very nice. The academic center is the best I’ve ever seen. I like all the coaches and feel like we’re all really close friends. And I loved the food down there.”


Defensive line coach Earl Lane is recruiting Pryor for the Tigers, and it appears he’s made a strong impression of Pryor thus far.


“Coach Lane is the main coach recruiting me,” Pryor said. “We’ve been real cool. He’s just a good guy. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t tell you a lie. Usually when we talk it’s not about football, it’s about family or just to talk. We talk about football every once in a while and he just tells me how I would fit in the offense, but I like that we don’t just talk football.”


“I actually talked to him and Coach Porter last Thursday,” he continued. “And then I talked to Coach Miles on Friday. We talk pretty often. I usually call them every week or every other week just to check in with them.”


As mentioned earlier, Pryor is going to hold off on committing to a school until after his senior season because he wants to make a few visits during the year. He’s already got two of those visits lined up.


“I know I’m going to LSU when they play Georgia and Florida State when they play Florida,” Pryor said. “There may be some others I go on too, but those are the two I know for sure right now.”


Note: Lonnie Pryor carried the ball 216 times for 1,724 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior.

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