Friday night Clemson gained a commitment from nationally recruited DE Myles Murphy of Powder Springs, GA. They followed that up Saturday afternoon with the public acknowledgement of a commitment from highly coveted RB Kobe Pryor (6-0 200) of Cedartown, GA. Those two commitments push the Tigers’ take for 2020 to 16, six of whom are from the Peach State.
Pryor actually committed to Clemson a couple of weeks ago but kept that pledge under wraps until Saturday. He also had USC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and LSU on his short list.
“Just somewhere where I felt like I was at home and I felt like i could be around all the coaches and players,” Pryor said. “I just feel like I can come in and earn my position and learn the playbook. It’s just the way they would use me in their offense and I think I can be a key player.”
Pryor spent most of his junior season as a slot back so his carries were limited as he rushed for 960 yards and nearly 10 yards per carry. But his coach, Doyle Kelly, has seen him as a running back and knows he has the chance to excel with the Tigers.
“He’s going to be a special kid, a special running back,” said Kelly. “The way he works in the weight room…he’s benching 355, power-cleaning 270, he’s squatting 565. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He has great hands. He’s a back that can run over your or run around you. I like his versatility, but more than that, I like him as a person. Very humble kid who comes from a great family. Just a special kid.”
Pryor joins Demarckus Bowman of Lakeland, FL as the running backs in Clemson’s class.