2009 Intro: Lonnie Pryor

Lonnie Pryor and his head football coach traveled through several southeastern states last summer to get an early taste of the recruiting process. Of the three campuses the Scout.com four-star prospect explored, one truly stood out.

"Out of all the universities I've visited, North Carolina's campus is the best place ever," Pryor said. "It was the nicest place I've ever been to. Chapel Hill, the whole campus is right there.

"They have that main road called Franklin Street, which is like a party town. I walked on there and had a lot of fun."

Pryor's journey began in Tallahassee for Florida State's camp and then reached Wake Forest for another camp before concluding in Chapel Hill.

Later in the year, Pryor returned to UNC for the South Carolina game. The 6-foot, 190-pound tailback from Okeechobee (Fla.) also revisited Florida State twice and Wake Forest one more time.

This weekend, Pryor will attend Central Florida's junior day. In March, he'll attend a junior day at South Florida.

Between the two visits to Chapel Hill, UNC extended a scholarship offer. Pryor's ever-increasing list stands at 13 offers and includes Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, South Florida, and Wake Forest.

Most of Pryor's offers came after a record breaking junior season.

Last fall, Pryor smashed Okeechobee's record for rushing yards in a season ending the year with 1,735 yards. He averaged over eight yards per-carry and 20 touchdowns. His accomplishments landed him on the All-State team and he was named his district's MVP.

Over the course of the next six months, Pryor and his coach will entertain an expanded unofficial visit tour.

"My coach was talking about how we're going to make this big trip around the world and visit a lot of schools," Pryor said. "… I'm probably going to attend some camps – I'm not sure. My coach has everything planned out for me."

Heading into the tour, Pryor is strongly favoring his childhood favorite.

"My favorite school – and everyone knows this, all the coaches that have talked to me know this – is Florida State," Pryor said. "Florida State has been my school since I was little and everyone knows that Florida State is my number one. [Other coaching staffs] already know that, so they're always trying to get me away from Florida State.

"If you live in Florida, you either pick Miami or Florida. And me, I've just been with Florida State since I was little. I been up to Tallahassee and I love it. Doak Campbell Stadium has the best atmosphere. Coach Bobby [Bowden], I've me him twice and actually sat down and talked to him. He's pretty cool, but I don't think he'll be there when I get there – but that doesn't really matter. When I go up there, all the coaches know my name."

Regardless, Pryor plans to take all five of his official visits and won't publicly announce his collegiate destination until Signing Day.

"I really just want to take my time with the process and look at everything before making a final decision," Pryor said. "I want to take all my official visits [in case] there's a place I really want to see but can't get to. I really just want to take my time with the process and look at everything before I make my final decision."

Pryor will be focused on each school's student life, the relationship he establishes with the coaching staff, and how run-friendly their offense is.

Before taking a job with the Baltimore Ravens, Chuck Pagano was Pryor's primary recruiter at UNC. Pryor said UNC graduate assistants are handling his recruitment until a new recruiter is assigned to him.

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