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Evan Pryor: Four-star running back commits to Ohio State

Evan Pryor wanted to commit to Ohio State in person but decided against waiting. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Ohio State Football Recruiting

Evan Pryor: Four-star running back commits to Ohio State

Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. Today’s guest is 4-star running back Evan Pryor, who has committed to Ohio State and talked about his decision with Lettermen Row.

The concerns over running back recruiting should be — temporarily at least — over for Ohio State. The country’s No. 5-ranked tailback in the Class of 2021 is now a Buckeyes commitment.

Evan Pryor has decided that heading north to Columbus was the right move for him, pushing aside a major groundswell of momentum for his home-state North Carolina Tar Heels. For months, the Buckeyes program has caught the attention of Pryor, who made his first visit to Ohio State last June.

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Evan Pryor’s relationship with Ohio State began last summer during a camp outing in Columbus. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Pryor picked Ohio State over North Carolina, but also Georgia, Penn State and Oklahoma among his 35 offers. The relationship between Buckeyes running backs coach Tony Alford, with a major assist from offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson thanks his long-term ties inside of North Carolina, ultimately brought Pryor to his decision.

Well, that and the Buckeyes need for a top-tier running back or two in the Class of 2021 after an up-and-down 2020 on that front. Pryor intends to now turn his focus to helping Ohio State land his complement on the recruiting trail, a task that could lead him to Michigan’s Donovan Edwards or Virginia’s TreVeyon Henderson, two of the Buckeyes top remaining targets at the position.

Why was Ohio State right the choice for Pryor? How hard was the decision to leave North Carolina? How important has the Buckeyes offensive line recruiting, along with the current recruiting class, been in his choice?

Find out those answers and more in this special commitment edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.


Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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