Wheatley Connecting with Isaiah Pryor

One of first offers in the 2017 class made by Michigan’s new coaching staff went out to Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer star Isaiah Pryor. He has made it a point to learn more about the Maize & Blue in the weeks since then. Last Friday that effort received a big boost courtesy of a visit to Ann Arbor that left him extremely impressed.

Isaiah Pryor is a rarity in the modern recruiting world.  The Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer safety is a highly regarded prospect with no Twitter account, no Facebook account, and little interest in keeping up with or telling others how many scholarship offers he has.  He keeps recruiting simple by focusing on improving his game and gathering information on as many of his suitors as possible so he can find the best fit.  He was able to take another step toward achieving both objectives by making his way north this weekend.

Pryor was one of the more highly regarded participants in the Adidas Top 10 Showcase in McCook, Illinois Saturday.  Before putting his skills to the test at that event he and other prospects hopped on a tour bus Friday that made stops at Western Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, and Michigan.  The stop in Ann Arbor was particularly noteworthy because it offered Pryor the opportunity to connect with a prospect that offered him back on national signing day.

“It was great, especially getting to talk to the coaches and get a tour,” Pryor said.”  I like how everything is connected and it is easy to get to and accessible.”

“(Harbaugh and I) shared a few words.  I didn’t get to sit down in his office and have a conversation, but from what I can tell with him talking, he is very passionate about his players as well.”

Pryor’s most substantive and memorable interaction was with the coach serving as the point-man in his Michigan recruitment.

“The experience was great, especially getting to sit down and talk to Tyrone Wheatley,” said Pryor.  “He is the recruiting coach for Georgia.  As far as (Michigan’s) ranking, everybody is different in their own way.  I feel like they’re high on my list, especially visiting them (Friday).  I (was) really happy to be there.”

“(Wheatley) is a coach that really cares about his kids.  The first thing he always says is, ‘education is most important thing you have, especially after football. All you have is your education.  Make sure you use football to get a good education.”

That sage advice has struck a chord with the talented youngster, and happens to be right in line with the key criteria he’ll use to pick a school.

“The most important thing is education, making sure that they have my major, (and) just a good educational program,” he said.  “Another thing would be relationship with the coaches, make sure that I build a relationship, not only with myself but my family too.  I guess making sure I feel comfortable there along with the players.”

One non-factor is distance from home.

“It shouldn’t matter,” Pryor said matter-of-factly.  “As long as you go to a good school, it shouldn’t matter how far it is.”

Distance certainly doesn’t seem to be hindering his visit plans.  Pryor plans to be back in Ann Arbor with his parents for next weekend’s spring game.  Chatter during Saturday’s event suggested that the quick return to the Great Lake State could lead to an early decision, but Pryor laid out a decision timeline that will go a bit longer.

“I’m going to make a decision early, definitely,” he said.  “I think maybe after my junior season, I’m going to make my decision.”

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