By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Anybody who has watched Sulphur Springs standout Larry Pryor play football knows he is special.
It’s good to officially get that opinion confirmed.
Pryor, who has verbally committed to Texas A&M, recent got to compete with the best athletes in the nation.
Pryor was one of 162 athletes invited to the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon for the The Opening, an elite football camp July 7-10 which featured the premier players in the nation. Some of the action was televised on ESPNU.
Pryor is the No. 123 overall prospect and the No. 7-ranked safety.
“Larry was invited because he did well in his combine in the spring,” said Matt Young, Sulphur Springs offensive coordinator. “He got in on a special invite. It was a very high honor to be asked to attend.”
Pryor said that despite of being deep the heart of Oregon Duck territory in the Pacific Northwest, he did not change teams and will stick with his commitment to play defense next year for Texas A&M.
“The camp was very nice, I enjoyed working out with and against the best players,” Pryor said. “I played defensive back during 7-on-7 and it was fun, I got an inteception, so that was good.”
Pryor played on the Vapor Carbon team, one of six teams chosen.
“We competed at a high level,” Pryor said. “It was the top high school players and some of them were very impressive.”
Pryor, at 6-foot, 205-pound was also evaluated on his other athletic skills.
He ran a 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash and had a 29-inch vertical jump.
“I usually ran 4.7 or a little better, I was pleased wih it since I haven’t really been training for that,” Pryor said. “I have done better in the vertical, I did in Dallas, at least a few more inches.”
Pryor said that camp was attended by some football noteables ranging from Johnny Manziel and Dez Bryant to retired Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy.
|< Prev||Next >|