Four-star sophomore ready for junior day

Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer sophomore defensive back Isaiah Pryor is hoping Notre Dame pulls the trigger on offering him a scholarship this weekend at junior day.

Notre Dame is slated to host one of the top underclassmen from Georgia on Saturday for junior day. Lawrenceville Archer four-star safety Isaiah Pryor is expected to make the drive to South Bend with his father and former Iowa defensive end, Richard Pryor, who spoke to Irish Illustrated on Monday evening.

“Notre Dame is of huge interest,” Pryor said. “We are thoroughly aware of the new staff, and of course the academics are on the best in the country, but the coaching staff is also one of the best. For Isaiah, it comes down to building relationships with players and coaches.”

Pryor first established contact with Notre Dame before he yet to pick up his first scholarship offer.

“We reached out to Notre Dame in June of last year,” Pryor said. “I knew Coach (Bob) Elliott when he was at Iowa.”

Pryor’s most recent offer came from Auburn during a visit last weekend. Other programs of note to have offered the talented underclassman include Arizona State, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

“He doesn’t have any favorites right now,” Pryor said. “He still has two more years. He is going to be a mid-year enrollee, and he doesn’t want to drag this out, so he’ll probably commit in eight or nine months.”

Notre Dame has yet to extend an offer to Pryor, but a junior day visit this weekend could change that.

“We know that we’re interested in Notre Dame,” Pryor said. “We hope they offer, but we also want the Notre Dame experience. We wouldn’t be driving 11 hours in the spring if we weren’t really interested.”

Currently, the plan is for Pryor to drive his son and “eight or nine” other players from Lawrenceville in a van to Notre Dame on Friday, but plans may change. Players expected to join in on the trip include four-star cornerback Dylan Singleton, who also plays at Archer and four-star offensive tackle E.J. Price of Central Gwinnett, who has a Notre Dame offer.

“Now my wife wants to go, so if I get in touch with Elliott and work this out, then I don’t know if we’ll take the van with all of the kids in it,” Pryor said. “We are trying to have the entire family involved in this visit and in the recruiting process. If it were just my son and I, then we would fly.”

Pryor said Notre Dame’s multitude of schemes it employs for its defensive backs are a good fit for his son’s game.

“He’s a hybrid defensive back and can play multiple positions,” Pryor said. “He can walk into the box or play deep. All of last summer he played cornerback, but last season he grew and played safety. The way Notre Dame uses its defensive backs in a lot of different ways would match up well with Isaiah.”


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