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Ohio State safety Isaiah Pryor will sit out remainder of season, transfer

The junior is listed as a graduate in the transfer portal.

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward is now reporting that Isaiah Pryor will not play again for the Buckeyes this season, and will explore transfer options for 2020.

Other reports indicate that Pryor will graduate at the end of the current semester, explaining the report from Tom VanHaaren below that he would be considered a graduate student for next year, and eligible to play two more seasons at his new school.


According to ESPN college football reporter Tom VanHaaren, Ohio State safety Isaiah Pryor has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. Pryor, who is a junior in terms of eligibility is listed as a graduate transfer, according to VanHaaren.

On the season, Pryor has only three tackles, after picking up 42 in his first two years in Columbus. As a reminder, just because a player enters the transfer portal does not necessarily mean that they must in fact transfer, but to take the step does indicate that Pryor is ready to explore his options elsewhere.

Pryor started in spot duty in 2018, but with the changes that new secondary coach Jeff Hafley has brought to the Buckeye defense, Jordan Fuller has been getting the lion’s share of the snaps, as OSU has chosen to primarily play a single high safety.

Sophomore safety Josh Proctor has been splitting the second team reps with Pryor.

With the Buckeyes moving into the fifth game of their 2019 season, Pryor has the ability to count this season as a redshirt, should he not play in another game this season.