PSU, WVU, Have Personnel Ties to Pryts

The Lions were the latest program to offer the Penn State legacy, doing so Saturday evening.

Andrew Pryts had a feeling a Penn State offer was coming. But he didn't think it would come Saturday night.

It did.

The son of former Nittany Lion lineabacker Ed Pryts was offered while attending the Nittany Lions 31-24 loss to No. 13 Ohio State. The PSU connections will help, but the 6-foot, 200-pound Class of 2016 athlete has ties to West Virginia, which offered him first back in June, too.

"I've been talking to [Penn State defensive coordinator Bob] Shoop a lot recently," Pryts said. "It means a lot. My dad played football at Penn State, and I grew up a Penn State fan and always went to games.

"I love the tradition of football there. It will be a tough decision when it comes that time.

Pryts plays receiver, safety and linebacker for 7-2 Hermitage, Pa., Hickory High. West Virginia offered as an athlete, while Penn State offered as a safety. Virginia and Northwestern have also extended verbal offers thus far.

"Coach Shoop likes how I can move around in the box," Pryts said.

"He's a great guy. I got a chance to go up and visit in the summer and we sat down and watched a lot of film. He's a very knowledgeable guy, and if I get the chance to commit there, I'd love to play for him."

His lengthy list of games attended means he was well aware of what he would see at a sold-out Beaver Stadium that called for -- and got -- a fan White Out for the nationally televised showdown.

"It was awesome," he said. "You can't beat 108,000 in Happy Valley and the Beaver Stadium environment.

"I've been going there my whole life, so it really wasn't anything I was surprised by."

Pryts is hoping to visit West Virginia for either its clash with TCU next week or its showdown with Kansas State in a couple weeks. A trip to Michigan State could be in the cards, as well.

When the junior arrives in Morgantown, he will get to see Tom Bradley for the first time since attending a Mountaineer camp in June. Pryts' father knows Bradley despite them not playing together.

"[Bradley]'s a great guy," Pryts said. "He played at Penn State too, four or five years before my dad, but they have a personal relationship. I'm getting to know him better, and [head] Coach [Dana] Holgorsen is a great guy."


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