One of the Bluegrass State’s rising prospects is Louisville Eastern defensive tackle Myron Pryor.
A state power-lifting record holder, Pryor (6-1, 300, 5.02) combines brute strength with surprisingly nimble feet to pose a dominant force on the line of scrimmage. He drew scholarship offers from Kentucky and Indiana after participating in their camps this summer, and is drawing heavy interest from Louisville, Cincinnati, Illinois and Michigan State.
“I’m looking real close at UK and Indiana right now,” he said. “Both of those schools seem to want me real bad.”
Asked if there was a favorite between the Cats and Hoosiers, Pryor said: “It’s pretty close, but probably UK right now. I think the coaching staff is pretty cool. Joker Phillips is my recruiting coach. He played with my former head coach, so I had heard a lot of good things about him. He’s just a cool guy. He always asks me about my grades and my family first thing. We usually talk about normal stuff like that before he ever mentions football. That’s nice.”
Pryor said he also likes the Hoosier coaching staff, their education program and the fact that it's also close to his Louisville home. He wants to be a teacher and possibly coach someday.
He maintains a 2.7 GPA and is preparing to take his test next month. Louisville has indicated it will offer a scholarship when he receives a qualifying score.
Pryor has been invited to the season-opener between Kentucky and Louisville in Lexington on Aug. 31. He says he plans to attend the game, and will be watching both teams closely during the course of the season.
“UK has a new coach with coach Brooks and UofL has a new coach with coach Petrino, so I want to see how they do this year, what their styles are like,” he said. “I probably won’t make my decision until after the season is over."
One of the state's strongest players, Pryor benches 385 pounds, squats 600 and owns the state dead lift record of 690.