Notre Dame Football: A quick look at grad transfer Isaiah Pryor

Isaiah Pryor(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Isaiah Pryor(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Notre Dame football got a huge win in the transfer market in the form of defensive back Isaiah Pryor from Ohio State.

When it comes to the 2020 class, Notre Dame football is already close to filling up spots. Recently, the Irish staff was working hard to land a significant player in the secondary through the transfer portal. Notre Dame landed a commitment Sunday from Ohio State safety transfer Isaiah Pryor.

He made his way to South Bend for a visit against USC and two weeks later returned this past  weekend with his family and made it official. He will graduate in three years from Ohio State and come to Notre Dame as a grad transfer with two years left of eligibility.

Pryor was once a huge target for the Irish before ultimately deciding on the Buckeyes over Notre Dame. It has ended up working out now for the Irish, as Pryor will now have a great chance to earn a big role in the secondary next season.

What will Pryor bring to South Bend?

While at Ohio State, the 6’2″, 200-pound safety played in 31 games over three seasons and played in the first three games this season before entering the transfer portal. Pryor accounted for 47 tackles and an INT during his time as a Buckeye.

He has the ability to make his mark all over the defense because he has that type of versatility. I could see him being used in the Rover spot because of his big body and physicality close to the line of scrimmage, while also being able to provide coverage in short routes.

With Kyle Hamilton holding down the back side of the defense next year, Pryor could be a great pair to come up and play closer to the line of scrimmage, which is where I think he will make his name in South Bend.

This is a really big pickup for the staff and much needed depth at a position of concern.

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With Notre Dame losing senior safety Jalen Elliott after this season and safety Alohi Gilman possibly deciding to enter the NFL Draft as well, Pryor will definitely be a big part of the secondary next season. He will most likely be competing to earn the starting role along side Hamilton with Houston Griffith.