Committed Over: Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) High athlete Kendric Pryor committed to Wisconsin over offers from Army, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois State, Iowa, Iowa State, Miami (OH), Western Michigan and Wyoming.
Rated: Pryor is currently ranked a two-star recruit by Scout.com.
On Film: Homewood-Flossmoor is the number one team in the state and rolled to a 30-point victory in week one of the season. Pryor played a big part of that as both wide receiver and defensive back for the Vikings, finishing with 143 yards on only four catches and two touchdowns.
There is a lot to like about Pryor, who will likely start at wide receiver but could honestly play on either side of the ball. The positives on offense are his length, strength and speed. He's got the rare combination of size and the ability to move downfield fast. Pryor is listed at 6-1, 175 pounds and actually plays a bit bigger.
On defense, the same attributes as offense stand out. One of the positives for the Badgers about Pryor is his versatility. It seems that most schools have left the possibilities open where Pryor might play at the next level. – Midwest Recruiting Analyst Beth Long
Recruiting Impact: After Andrew James was the only wide receiver taken in the 2015 recruiting class, Wisconsin was aiming to secure verbal commitments from at least three receivers in 2016. The Badgers completed two parts of that puzzle in a little over a month with Pryor and Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst three-star prospect A.J. Taylor on August 1. So who could be next?
The bad news is there aren’t too many receivers out there with a committable Wisconsin offer that are considering the Badgers. The good news is that two of them view them quite highly. Southlake (TX) Carroll Lil’Jordan Humphrey left his unofficial visit to Madison in July extremely impressed by the program and has said he would return for an official visit. Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge three-star senior Malik Harrison named the Badgers his leader following his unofficial visit over the summer.
Quotable: “It was a very nice campus. I like all the football facilities. I like that I have a chance to play right away. They also have the number one college town in America, and I like their tradition." – Pryor.
Final Thought: I’ve lost track of the amount of two-star, one-star, no-star players Wisconsin has transformed with its strength and conditioning program into All-Big Ten selections, All-Americans and NFL draft picks. There is no reason why Pryor can’t be another one. Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst craves talented athletes but especially those players who excel at multiple sports or play multiple positions on the football field at a high level. Throw in the fact that Pryor comes from a championship-caliber program that knows how to win, this is a great get for the Badgers, regardless of how many stars are attached to his name.