ACCOLADES: Pryor helped lead IMG to a 12-0 record and a No. 1 ranking in Florida as a senior. IMG was also ranked fourth in the nation. He tallied 54 tack- les as a senior and was an Under Armour All-American in addition to being named a finalist for the Watkins Award, which is given to the top African-American scholar-athletes in the nation. He began his high school at Archer High School in Georgia where he was named honorable-mention Class 6A all-state as a junior.
PRYOR SAYS: “I was born in New Jersey. I moved to Georgia when I was 10. I was just touring every- where. I just really liked Ohio State a lot, and I have some family up here, too. I had more of a connection with the Big Ten because my dad played for Iowa so I watched the Big Ten a lot, not necessarily Ohio State.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “He’s a very instinctive player. He tackles well. For a big safety, he does a good job tackling low, wrapping up. And he may not wow you with speed, but he takes very good angles to the foot- ball and he really plays the ball in the air very well. So he’s got a very, I would say, all-around good game. He’s solid against the run. He can play in the box. He’s been used in blitz packages before and he also tracks the ball to make a play on the pass. – Chad Simmons
PERSONAL: Pryor, who opted to enroll early at Ohio State, is the son of Lillian and Richard Pryor. Isaiah wrestled while at Archer before transferring to IMG, where he played with fellow Ohio State early enrollee Marcus Williamson. Richard Pryor played defensive end at Iowa from 1984-88.
2017 OUTLOOK: The Buckeyes lost three starters in the secondary for the second straight season, including star safety Malik Hooker, which could open the door for Pryor to sneak onto the field. However, he will have to compete with the likes of Erick Smith, and possibly fellow freshman Jeffrey Okudah for playing time at safety. The most likely scenario is that Pryor is used as a backup safety and special teams player in 2017.
COMMIT DATE: July 27, 2015
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