'21 NC RB - Evan Pryor (Verbal Offer)

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    PRYOR TRIMS LIST
    Four-star junior running back Evan Pryor, the No. 5-ranked RB in 2021 and a top 100 overall prospect nationally from North Carolina, trimmed his list to a final 10 schools on his birthday Wednesday.

    Ohio State made the list, and SEC schools cloak the list as well, with Georgia, Alabama, LSU and Florida all in line to attain the No. 4-ranked junior in North Carolina.

    Ohio State will be looking to land two running backs in 2021, with Pryor, Will Shipley, Donovan Edwards, Lovasea Carroll and Corey Kiner as the best bets.

    Georgia is still the favorite here so Pryor might be on a path taking him to Athens for his collegiate career. But he is set to be in Columbus on an unofficial visit for the Penn State game, making that weekend will be critical in where his recruitment goes from here.
     
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    PRYOR ENJOYS MIDWEST VIBES OF COLUMBUS, EXPERIENCING SOMETHING UNIQUE FROM ALFORD IN RECRUITMENT

    The first time Evan Pryor visited Columbus last summer, he instantly got a feel for the Midwest vibes while enjoying a night just a short trek from campus. Staying at the Marriott right down the street from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the four-star 2021 running back – the No. 1-ranked junior RB in North Carolina – and his father went to eat at the Roosters restaurant essentially right next door.

    While there, he was approached by a fan who already knew who he was, despite him having only just finished his sophomore season at William Amos Hough (N.C.) High School and having received an Ohio State scholarship offer from Tony Alford just a few months prior.

    Pryor enjoyed the fan interaction, telling Eleven Warriors, “When I first went up there to campus, it was just a great vibe from everybody up there – even people around town.”

    He had already gotten that feeling from Alford back in February, when Alford spoke with for the first time, talking with him for more than an hour just chopping it up before he surprised Pryor with the offer. Since then, their relationship has grown really strong, as the two talk every single day, typically texts in the morning or after Pryor’s practices.

    But the real turning point in Pryor’s recruitment came months after that first call with Alford and less than 24 hours after that fan interaction at Roosters, when he went to the Woody for a one-day camp hosted by Ohio State.

    Walking through the facilities, every coach he saw stopped him to have a genuine conversation with him, and then he got to Alford, who gave him life advice more than a sales pitch.

    “Just the whole family environment and how special the conversation was with coach Alford (stood out about Ohio State),” Pryor said. “(He was) making sure that I make the right decision for me. He wasn’t just recruiting me for Ohio State. He was saying to make the right decision overall for yourself and your family. Even if it’s not Ohio State, he said he was still gonna respect me and stuff like that.

    “Coach Alford’s a great guy. He was telling me it’s not only a four-year decision. It’s a 40-year decision. He said he felt like Ohio State was the best place for me for that 40-year decision and that I’d be covered down the line."

    That stuck out as unique for both Pryor and his father, who were both impacted by Alford’s advice.

    “You go to some other places in the country, and they just want you to, you know, ‘Come to our school. Come to our school. Come to our school,’” Pryor said. “But the talk was nice with coach Alford just talking about life in general. That was something I’d never gotten at another college. … My dad thought it was great. He was like ‘that’s somebody and a staff that I don’t have any issue with sending my son off to college with.’”

    When told Alford had received some criticism for not having been able to land a running back in the 2020 class yet and for having two previous silently committed running backs choose other programs, Pryor seemed a little bit taken aback.

    “I think coach Alford’s a great guy,” Pryor said. “Two running backs backing out, I don’t think it was coach Alford’s fault. I think it was two guys who may have found a better situation for him and his family to get to his goal, and it may not have been at Ohio State. I would not put that on coach Alford. People do other things and wanna experience other stuff. I wouldn’t put that on coach Alford at all.”

    Pryor enjoyed the one-on-one time he got with Alford at that summer camp, as Alford was able to lay out a vision for him. That included being used as a feature back in the mold of J.K. Dobbins.

    “It’s something coach Alford and I have talked about when I was up there and we looked at film – that he’d love to use me like J.K.,” Pryor said. “Not just running the ball but splitting out wide sometimes and getting thrown the ball out of the backfield. Definitely the way J.K.’s used is how I wanna be used if I go there.”

    Pryor will get more time with Alford next week, as he confirmed he will be making an unofficial visit for the Buckeyes’ game against Penn State, as will fellow North Carolinian Jacolbe Cowan, an Ohio State defensive end commit whom Pryor has a good relationship with.

    Ohio State and Penn State are two of the schools in Pryor’s final top 10, but he says he won’t be focusing much on the Nittany Lions that weekend.

    “When I’m there, it’ll be specifically for Ohio State,” Pryor said. “That’s kind of why I went to the White Out for Penn State, so that I could focus on Penn State that weekend. While I’m here for Ohio State, I’m gonna focus on Ohio State and the atmosphere and how they use their backs and stuff like that.”

    Pryor’s list also includes SEC schools Alabama, LSU, Florida and Georgia. Of the schools in his top 10, the only ones he has yet to visit are LSU, Wisconsin and USC, but he has plenty of time to get to those programs before he makes his final college decision next year.

    “Definitely before I take a snap next football season, I wanna be committed,” Pryor said. “That’s my plan so that’s what I’m pushing for.”

    Be on the lookout for more on both Pryor and fellow North Carolina running back Will Shipley tomorrow afternoon on Eleven Warriors.
     
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    Evan Pryor saying his top 3 is Ohio State, North Carolina, and Georgia. Decision could be coming April 5th.
     
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    A lot of CBs coming in and could be committing today.
     
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    Welcome to the Buckeye Family!

    Huge get for the class!
     
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    Day and his staff is killing it
     
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