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Isaiah Pryor
2017-2018 Football Profile
#14 - Freshman - Safety
Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About Isaiah Pryor
Home Town: Lawrenceville, Georgia
School: IMG Academy
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
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Under Armour All-American | Already Enrolled

The Player
Isaiah Pryor is a 6-foot-2 195-pound safety from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Pryor committed to Ohio State over offers from Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, and every other big-name program throughout the nation. A versatile defender, Pryor has played all over the defensive backfield as a high schooler, though he projects to strong safety at Ohio State.

Pryor is strong against the run, but doesn't come crashing down out of control. He keeps his feet under him, which allows him to make plays on the ball without losing visibility. He displays his range against the pass and the run, and also triggers very well against screen passes. He is stronger than the receivers who have tried to block him to this point and is able to get off of blocks pretty quickly.

The Comparison
Pryor is a very good size for an incoming freshman safety, and compares to past Buckeyes like Tyvis Powell and Malik Hooker in that way. His ability to crash down and defend the run, as well as combat screens, is reminiscent of Jermale Hines. Like Hines, Pryor may be more "football fast" than "track fast", but there has yet to be a need for a stopwatch once the ball is snapped.

The Fit
While Pryor has played some cornerback and slot cornerback in his time, he projects to a deep safety, which in OSU's current defense is the strong safety. This position allows him to use his range against both the run and the pass, and the fact that he isn't afraid of scratching up his helmet makes him a very good fit for this Ohio State defense. Can he cover ground like Malik Hooker? Who can? They'll ask him to, but few are actually going to be able to answer that question in the affirmative.

The Depth Chart
Depending on how things shake out with potential position moves, Pryor could find himself battling it out with the likes of redshirt freshman Jahsen Wint to backup possible starting strong safety Erick Smith. Or maybe Pryor is competing for the spot. Or perhaps he's behind all of Jordan Fuller and Smith and Wint. And maybe fellow early signee Jeffrey Okudah is in there as well. There's a lot to settle yet, but Pryor could be in a very favorable situation for him as the possible backup to Smith, who hasn't been able to stay healthy for most of his Ohio State career.

The Future
If Pryor wins the job as Erick Smith's backup this season, that would put him as the favorite to start next year, which is about the best you can hope for as a true sophomore at Ohio State. Even if he doesn't win the job, it should be open in 2018, and if it's not, it doesn't usually take too long for jobs to open at Ohio State. — Tony Gerdeman

2016 - 54 tackles
2015 - 40 tackles

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