Commitment Date: 9/2/15
Commitment in the Class: 16th
Accolades: Rated the No.1 athlete in Illinois, No.2 in the Midwest and No.37 in the country ... first-team all-state by Champaign News-Gazette as a senior, logging 43 receptions for 1,152 yards and 12 touchdowns ... first-team All-Southwest Suburban Conference as a junior and senior ... recorded 33 catches for 704 yards and 7 TDs as a junior ... also three-year letterwinner in basketball, earning honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore ... relatives Tony Pryor (Indiana State), Keith Pryor (Eureka), Ontario Pryor (Eastern Michigan) and Troy Pryor (Illinois) all played college football
Recruiting Story: Pryor’s offer list never matched his talent on the football field. Although he had racked up over 12 offers, the only power five schools that offered him were Iowa, Iowa State and Wisconsin. Part of the problem was schools didn’t know where he would fit in. That didn’t bother Wisconsin. When they hosted Pryor during the summer, recruiting contact Mickey Turner boldly expressed to him how dynamic he was and how he could excel with the Badgers at an early age. Plus it didn’t hurt that, according to Pryor, “they have the number one college town in America,” was a fan of their tradition and was low in numbers at both receiver and cornerback.
He visited Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois and a handful of other schools and said he was going to use his five official visits to help make his decision. By the first week of September, however, Pryor already knew where he wanted to go. Saying how much he loved how the coaches run the program, the first-class facilities and the great atmosphere, Pryor was ready to be a Badger.
Why Wisconsin? “(Receivers coach Ted Gilmore has) been checking up on me and stopping by my house, so we have a real good relationship. I’m ready to get down there and start working. It’s very exciting (that I could play this year). I’m always up for the challenge. I love some good competition, so it’s going to be good for all of us. No matter if only one of us starts, we’re going to get the competition, learn the plays and become better teammates. It’ll all work out.”
Scouting Report: He's a big play guy. At one point last season, he had 20 receptions and nine of them were touchdowns and longer touchdowns. In week one of the season, Pryor played receiver and defensive back, finishing with 143 yards and two touchdowns on only four catches.
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 (he plays bigger than his listed height) and the ability to move downfield fast.
On defense, the same attributes as offense stand out. One of the positives for the Badgers about Pryor is his versatility. He needs to add weight. He's pretty light still, but he has length and is athletic and fast enough to play either side of the ball. – Scout’s national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu and former Midwest recruiting analyst Beth Long
Coach’s Quote: “His film was mostly receiver, so that’s how we were looking at him, but we had a need at defensive back, and he’s definitely athletic enough. You see his basketball tape, and he’s all over the place. We told him we think he can be a great defensive back and can be a fit personality wise. That’s where we first started, but as we got further in the recruiting process, we knew he was a pretty darn good receiver, too. It’s a good problem to have for us.” – Wisconsin tight end coach Mickey Turner, who was the initial recruiter for Pryor before outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar
BadgerNation Prediction: Wisconsin thinks it got a real steal in Pryor, who has the length and the skill set to be an impact player on either side of the ball. He comes from a power program in Illinois, so Pryor knows the works that needs to be put in to achieve success. Rooming with Dontye Carriere-Williams and Ke’shan Pennamon this summer will push Pryor in the speed game. He said he’s preparing himself for the sudden change in adjustment, so getting that down will give him a great opportunity to see the field this fall.