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Evan Pryor confirms early enrollee plans, won’t play senior year
Ohio State won’t be playing football this fall. That decision was made Tuesday by the Big Ten. And as high school athletic associations around the country move football to the spring, Ohio State commits are being impacted, too.
First it was TreVeyon Henderson, who announced he won’t play high school ball in the spring because he’ll enroll early at Ohio State. Fellow blue-chip back Evan Pryor has announced he’ll do the same.
“Given the NCHSAA’s decision, in January I plan on enrolling at The Ohio State University early,” Pryor said in a statement on Twitter. “Which means I will not play my senior season with my high school. But in this decision I feel confident and well prepared thanks to the support I have gotten from my coaches.”
— Evan Pryor (@evanpryor3) August 13, 2020
Pryor and Henderson are two of the best running back prospects in the country. Without a senior season of football at the high school level, they’ll show up to Ohio State with fresh legs, ready to compete for a starting tailback spot early in their careers.
NFL-eligible Buckeyes need answers about season soon
The news is two days old for Ohio State. It won’t be playing football this fall.
Maybe even worse news? There is no plan in place for when the Buckeyes will play again or who will be playing for them.
Plenty of Buckeyes have the opportunity to enter the next NFL Draft in the coming spring. But that might also be when they can play college football again and prove themselves to scouts, general managers and coaching staffs in the pro rank.
That’s why getting a plan in place for a spring season — one that Ryan Day thinks should start in January — is so important moving froward. Check out that story here.
Buckeyes recruiting efforts to be tested
Ohio State has the country’s top-ranked recruiting class — and the nation’s largest target on its back.
The SEC, ACC and Big 12 continue to push forward with plans for a fall season. And that means the Buckeyes class could become a fertile recruiting ground for Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU and others hoping to deliver a deathblow to the Big Ten’s standard-bearer.
Ryan Day, forced to navigate a number of challenging recruiting situations already in his short tenure at Ohio State, has to prepare for the biggest assault yet on the future of his program. True to his response to every obstacle he’s seen thus far, Day appears confident that he’ll have an answer for the questions posed by recruits and their families and a plan in place to deal with the onslaught of negative recruiting pitches that are sure to come the way of the Buckeyes and the Big Ten.
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