With the 2018 season nearly here it is clear that Jordan Fuller will be one of Ohio State’s two starting safeties in the fall. The other spot is still open for competition, but as of now it appears that sophomore Isaiah Pryor will most likely be the starter alongside Fuller.
Safety is a position of concern this season for the Buckeyes after the departure of two-year starter Damon Webb.
Head coach Urban Meyer expressed his concern about the safety position when asked at Big Ten media day.
“In the style of defense we play that’s been a Vonn Bell, Malik Hooker type player,” Meyer said.
Although Pryor has yet to prove himself as a starter, Meyer has had a consistent track record of producing high draft picks in the secondary. Both Vonn Bell and Malik Hooker were drafted in the second and first rounds, respectively. If Pryor continues to get better then there is no reason why he would not be a draft pick either.
The 4-star safety from IMG Academy is a physical specimen. Pryor has been described as a rangy safety and a fantastic hitter. His high school film depicts him as an elite defender when it comes to run defense.
On film, Pryor’s play is similar to that of former LSU safety LaRon Landry, who was also a 4-star recruit. Landry ended up being the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and played eight seasons in the NFL with multiple teams.
Last season, Pryor played in seven games for the Buckeyes. In those games, Pryor recorded 11 tackles, one sack and one pass deflection.
Although all these four players all have unique skill sets, Pryor appears to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to this competition and will have the first chance at becoming the next great Ohio State safety.