'21 NC RB - Evan Pryor (Verbal Offer)

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    Pos RB
    Height 5-11
    Weight 175

    Evan Pryor is a 5-11, 170-pound Running Back from Charlotte, NC.

    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    Evan Pryor Reflects on OSU Offer
    The No. 3 running back in the 2021 class, Evan Pryor, offers more than just his capabilities as a ball carrier. The high-school sophomore has already made the transition from wide receiver to running back in his young career. Granted that transition was made in middle school, Pryor still maintains his skills as a receiver at the running back position and has begun to brand himself as a tailback that can catch passes.

    The 5-foot-11, 175-pound back has caught 39 passes for 457 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first two seasons of high school football.

    “It’s been something I’ve been doing for a long time," Pryor said. "I used to play receiver. I caught onto running back around seventh grade, gained weight and started looking more like a running back. I see it as more of an advantage.”


    That pass-catching ability hasn't taken away from his rushing production much in the first half of his high school career, as Pryor rushed for 914 yards as a sophomore and has compiled 1,441 rushing yards as an underclassman.

    That dynamic option is one aspect of Pryor's game that Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said they liked about him as a recruit. But for Pryor, the interest form schools runs deeper than football.

    “They talked about my skills briefly, just that I’m a great running back, one of the best in the class, but what they really talk about is my character," Pryor said. "They bring high-character guys into the organization. They told me it’s one of the big reasons they offered me. They talked to people around the school and around the community wanting to know what type of guy I was.”

    Some recruiting experts are already predicting Pryor to commit to Penn State, but Pryor said the interest isn't as high as others have made it seem. His sister attends Penn State as a sophomore, and he frequently travels to State College, Pennsylvania, to visit her. Those visits consequently turn into unofficial visits for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is the school he's visited the most, but he's also traveled to NC State and Georgia.

    That doesn't mean Pryor is uninterested in Penn State. He's developed some strong bonds with the coaching staff already.

    “They’re kind of setting a family feel for me," Pryor said. about Penn State. "They look out for my sister. They keep in touch well. It’s been a place I’ve been able to go a lot, just going up there to see my sister and stuff.”

    With an open recruitment, Pryor said his offer from Ohio State is "prestigious" to him, as the Buckeyes don't offer just any player, he said. He's been in contact with Ohio State for about a month and a half and plans to visit in the spring.

    “I always had a dream of going to the NFL, so somebody that can help me go to the NFL," Pryor said about his ideal school. "But also after I hang the cleats up, a place that can help me outside of football. I want to major in sports marketing, so somewhere that can support me in the classroom.”
     
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    Buckeyes offer star running back Evan Pryor
    Tony Alford extended his second offer in the Class of 2021 on Monday.

    That is William Amos Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) sophomore Evan Pryor, who joins West Bloomfield (Mich.) star Donovan Edwards with an offer from the Buckeyes in his class. Already he has offers from Penn State, Georgia, Alabama and others, but it’s the Nittany Lions who have an early 247Sports.com crystal ball prediction, though Pryor explained to Lettermen Row that’s because he’s got a family member at Penn State.

    “My sister does go [to Penn State],” Pryor told Lettermen Row. “That’s why you may see me up there a lot. I’ve got no family ties anywhere else, but my people are from up north. My dad is from Indiana.”

    It was Alford who reached out to the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Pryor and extended the offer to him. And there’s no doubt that landing an Ohio State offer is a big one.

    “It’s a very prestigious offer,” Pryor, ranked by 247Sports as the country’s No. 3 tailback in 2021, said. “Their history of big names in the NFL and their college football accomplishments as well.

    “Your ‘Average Joe’ can’t go to Ohio State.”

    Pryor isn’t your Average Joe, and now he knows he can go to Ohio State. The question is whether he will or won’t. The conversation with Alford was the first time they’ve spoken, and it was focused on getting him up to campus to see what the Buckeyes are all about.

    “Coach Alford is a great guy. He asked about my life in general before he asked a football question,” Pryor said. “He said they offered because they like my character and my film and said there weren’t many guys in my class that can do what I do, like catching the ball out the backfield and being able to make defenders miss and things such as that.

    “[Alford] was telling me how he wants me up ‘really soon,’ and we plan to do so. It would be sometime this spring.”

    As for that crystal ball to Penn State? Is he a sure bet to follow his sister’s footsteps?

    “My recruitment is totally open,” he said.
     
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    Evan Pryor Could be a Three-Down RB
    Hough (NC) High School head football coach Matthew Jenkins said he believes 2021’s No. 3 running back Evan Pryor, who received an Ohio State offer Feb. 25, could be a three-down back at the college level.


    Pryor explained to Eleven Warriors shortly after getting his offer that he grew up playing wide receiver and made the transition to running back in middle school, and that experience has clearly paid off. Jenkins said Pryor has “above-average-to-exceptional” hands fora running back and has also bulked up since becoming a focal point in the offense as a sophomore.

    “We can go to five wide receivers whenever we want,” Jenkins said, referring to the ability to move Pryor outside when need be. “He’s always a threat out of the backfield. He catches the ball as well as our receivers catch them.”

    But to avoid falling into the notorious stereotype of a change-of-pace running back in some type of backup role at the next level, Jenkins said he and his staff have pushed Pryor to add weight. His goal was to hit 190 pounds this offseason, after his first full year of being the starting tailback for Hough. He weighed in at 189 and then weighed in at 191 shortly after. He’s hovering around the 190 mark, Jenkins said, but with room to grow, he won’t stay there for long.

    “He’s worked hard to do that,” Jenkins said about Pryor gaining weight. “He knows that to be a three-down back, he’s got some areas to improve.”

    One of those areas, and Pryor was the first to admit it, is pass protection. Typically one of the final areas of improvement for most high school running backs, pass protection has been an issue with Pryor, but Jenkins said he became “more of a willing” blocker out of the backfield toward the end of his sophomore year.

    Jenkins said he also needs to work on his route running so that he can make more space for yards after the catch when he receives the ball. Pryor’s head coach said he doesn’t anticipate Pryor being unable to learn either of those things and that the work ethic is there.

    Pryor has rushed for 1,441 yards and 13 touchdowns while catching 39 passes for 457 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman and a sophomore.
     
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    Evan Pryor forced to reschedule Buckeyes visit
    We first introduced North Carolina 2021 running back Evan Pryor to Lettermen Row readers back in February when he became the second running back in the class offered by Ohio State.

    This weekend, Pryor had planned to make his first trip to Columbus to see the Buckeyes in person. But he will now be unable to make the visit.

    “I can’t make it anymore,” he told Lettermen Row. “My people couldn’t get off of work.”

    The country’s sixth-ranked 2021 running back, Pryor spent last weekend at Clemson and was looking forward to the visit at Ohio State. His primary recruiter and potential position coach Tony Alford was anticipating the trip as well.

    “He was all right,” Pryor said, noting Alford’s disappointment in the canceled visit. “We were able to set up a date right away about when I can get down there and also when he will be down to see me. I’m going to their camp in June and he said he’d come to see me in early May.”

    As a sophomore, the process for communicating with coaches isn’t always an easy one to navigate, so in-person visits are definitely where the biggest strides are made in recruiting. Still, Pryor sees things progressing well with the Ohio State running backs coach.

    “We’ve just started really,” he said. “He seems like a great guy. He knows what he’s talking about and knows a lot about the game.”
     
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    Ohio State’s coaching staff was very impressed by North Carolina running back Evan Pryor. The country’s sixth-ranked running back made his first visit with the Buckeyes and stood out in the camp setting.
     
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    Ohio State visit ‘more than expected’ for Evan Pryor
    The Buckeyes offered Evan Pryor, a 4-star 2021 running back from William Amos Hough (Charlotte) High School a few months back, and he’d been anxious to make his first visit to Columbus. After months of trying to work that, he finally made the trek to visit Ohio State and camped with the program last Saturday.

    It was a very good visit for the country’s sixth-ranked tailback.

    “It was more than I expected,” Pryor told Lettermen Row. “More than I expected. I kind of went in blind, but I loved it.

    “It was the love the whole staff showed. They really made me feel at home.”

    Penn State has been the presumptive leader in the clubhouse for the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Pryor because his sister attends college in Happy Valley. This trip to Ohio State helped him gain a better sense of what the program is all about.

    “With all the big-time schools, they are in some way the same in terms of fans, facilities and even some coaches,” said Pryor, who has also been to Clemson, Georgia and Alabama recently. “But in this process, the team who makes me feel like I’m at home the most will be where I commit.”

    One of the primary reasons Pryor made the visit to Ohio State was to work alongside Tony Alford and try to build the relationship with the running backs coach.

    “I’d say he’s very old school,” Pryor said. “He’s not going to sugarcoat anything — he’ll give it to you raw. But also what he’s telling you is true. I think he has a style that would help me thrive.”
     
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    Ohio State growing relationship with Evan Pryor
    After a summertime visit to Ohio State, the bond between North Carolina 4-star tailback Evan Pryor and running backs coach Tony Alford has continued to take off.

    “Our relationship is better than most,” Pryor, the country’s fifth-ranked 2021 running back, told Lettermen Row. “I don’t really know why. We just had a great vibe when we first met. We talk frequently, and we’re trying to figure out a great time to get back up there.

    “It’s pretty far for after a game [on Fridays], but I see myself getting up there soon.”

    This weekend, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Pryor will visit Georgia for its game against Notre Dame. There’s no thought in the young prospect’s mind about an early commitment, but certainly schools closer to home have a little advantage because of the matter of distance. That space between Pryor and Ohio State, though, isn’t a concern for him or his family when it comes to a final decision for him. Getting to games is a good thing but not a dealbreaker for his family, because they have no problem with him leaving home for college.

    “It’s important, but not too important,” Pryor said. “It’s great to see a stadium on game day, but it’s not big enough for it to have an impact on the final decision. You can get a sense of what places are like on TV. My family is not concerned at all with the distance when it comes to Ohio State.

    “Other than my sister at Penn State, she dreads it.”

    With almost 30 offers to his name already, Pryor is one of the country’s most sought-after junior prospects. He’s trying to break down his choices between a number of the nation’s most prolific programs, and ultimately what matters to him is the vibe he gets from within the program.

    “I really just want a group of people who are willing to do what it takes to win,” Pryor said. “People who are forming a strong brotherhood in their program.”
     
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    Pryor likes what he sees
    The two biggest recruiting sells that Ohio State offers are future opportunity and past history.

    The Buckeyes own some of the best traditions in college football, and when recruits come onto campus, they immediately become part of something special. Even if the days of Woody Hayes and Archie Griffin were decades ago, the aura is still there. That’s something visiting recruits can feel at Ohio Stadium when they enter.

    And with more than 40 former players now in the NFL, some in starring roles, Columbus is one of the best destinations for 18-year-olds to come and develop their dreams of becoming a pro.

    But let’s not underrate current success. For example, Georgia’s giant win over Notre Dame in an electric environment between the hedges — I mean, that stadium blackout after the third quarter was straight-up explosive, even a little intimidating to other teams I imagine — came at a perfect time with the number of big-time recruits in attendance.

    The success Ohio State has had this season is something one of the Buckeyes’ top 2021 targets has noticed from afar.

    Evan Pryor, the No. 5-ranked junior running back in the nation out of William Amos Hough (N.C.), has seen J.K. Dobbins, Master Teague and Justin Fields tear it up in the ground game. The fourth-ranked North Carolina recruit and 82nd-ranked prospect has been impressed.

    “Seeing the Ohio State backs eat is great,” Pryor told Eleven Warriors. “They give me a good sense of how they feel about their backs up in Columbus. It’s very attractive.”

    And it looks like the Buckeyes will soon get the chance to match the energy and atmosphere of the Georgia-Notre Dame game in regards to making an impression on Pryor.

    Pryor was at the Bulldogs’ victory over the Irish, but the 5-foot-11, 190-pound four-star back’s recruitment is just starting to ratchet up, as he says he’s enjoying the recruiting process and seeing all the teams on his list play.

    Pryor says he’s hoping to visit Columbus for the Penn State game the weekend of Nov. 22, but it’s not set in stone. The environment during that game figures to be right up there with the tilt against Wisconsin as the most electric at the Shoe this season.

    “I’m not totally sure, but [the Penn State game] is what I’m aiming for,” Pryor said.

    A commitment seems far off in the distance if it does come, but if it does, that would do wonders for the 2021 class to have a top-notch running back locked down. And, of course, it would ensure the Buckeyes don’t have to worry about scrambling to sign a running back late and settle for a lower-ranked prospect like it seems might happen in 2020.
     
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    Evan Pryor plans to visit Buckeyes this season
    Another of the top 2021 prospects for Ohio State has told Lettermen Row that he intends to return to campus this season after previously being less-than-optimistic that would be able to happen.

    Charlotte (N.C.) William Amos Hough 4-star running back Evan Pryor is looking into two dates for a return.

    “We will be up,” Pryor told Lettermen Row. “It will be either the Maryland game or the Penn State game. Whichever of those games starts later, that’s the one we’ll be up for.

    “I’m pushing for the Penn State game.”

    There is only one current crystal ball prediction for the country’s fifth-ranked junior running back, and it’s for the Georgia Bulldogs, who hosted Pryor for a visit during their big game against Notre Dame in mid-September. Still, as the 5-foot-1o, 190-pound back told Lettermen Row in September, the relationship with Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford is very strong.

    “Our relationship is better than most,” Pryor said prior to that Georgia visit. “I don’t really know why. We just had a great vibe when we first met. We talk frequently, and we’re trying to figure out a great time to get back up there.”

    It looks like that time has been figured out.
     

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