Pryor calls ND ‘top-notch’

Sophomore Isaiah Pryor picked up a Notre Dame offer during his spring game visit. Now the Irish rank among the leaders for one of the top safeties in the Class of 2017.

Sophomore Isaiah Pryor could rate as the top safety in the Class of 2017, and the Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer four-star left Notre Dame on Saturday with an Irish offer.

“Seeing everything at Notre Dame was going to be good enough for me,” Pryor said. “But I appreciate Notre Dame even more now that I got offered.”

Pryor was offered by head coach Brian Kelly following the Blue-Gold Game.

“Coach Kelly told me that he would love to have me on the team,” Pryor said. “He said I was a good teammate and a good student and he’d like for me to play at Notre Dame.”

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght also spoke to Pryor on Saturday.

“Coach Lyght told me he was really glad that I made it into town for the game,” Pryor said. “He was happy I was able to see Notre Dame’s safeties play in person. Coach VanGorder talked to me about education and about how when football ends, you need something else.”

Pryor’s offer list is comprised of big-time programs, including Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, and Tennessee.
 
“Notre Dame is a top school for academics, and you can tell they are serious about it,” Pryor said. “Every school is different, but everything at Notre Dame is top-notch.”

Notre Dame immediately positioned itself as a top contender for Pryor following Saturday’s visit and offer.

“I don’t have a list yet or anything, but I just know that Notre Dame is way up there and one of the best schools I’ve seen so far,” Pryor said.

Pryor’s father, Richard Pryor, was an All-American football player at Iowa in the early 1980s and now works as a biomedical engineer. Pryor’s mother also works in the medical field.

“I want to major in psychology,” Pryor said.  “I will need to go to school beyond undergraduate, but I want to be a psychologist to help people. That’s what both of my parents do, so I’ve seen what they’ve been able to do.”

Pryor plans to commit within the next year.
 
“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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