Safety Isaiah Pryor is now the second Ohio State freshman in the Buckeyes’ 2017 recruiting class to have his black stripe removed, joining running back J.K. Dobbins who had his black stripe removed on Friday, and then followed that up with a very strong scrimmage on Saturday.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 7, 2017
Pryor is a 6-foot-2 195-pound strong safety from Lawrenceville, Georgia. ESPN ranked him as the No. 3 safety in the 2017 class. Like Dobbins, Pryor enrolled early at Ohio State and took part in winter conditioning and spring football.
Pryor got some extra snaps in Saturday’s scrimmage due to sophomore Jordan Fuller being held back with a slight injury. He has continued to make the most of those reps.
On Saturday, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said that Pryor and redshirt freshman Jahsen Wint have continued to get better. Neither is necessarily in the mix for a starting spot at the moment, but Pryor is clearly headed in the proper direction.
In terms of athleticism and range, Pryor may be the closest thing the Buckeyes can get to Malik Hooker. The thing that set Hooker apart from everyone else, however, was his field awareness. He knew where receivers were with just a glance and knew where he could get and how quickly he could get there. As Schiano said on Saturday, that is not something that he can teach. Players either have it or they don’t. It’s too early to say if Pryor is one of those players, but he certainly has all of the other makings a coach looks for in a deep safety.
Black Stripe Chart
Kendall Sheffield, cornerback — March 28
J.K. Dobbins, running back — August 4
Isaiah Pryor, safety — August 7