Sometimes when a recruit is a legacy at a big school, there is an assumption that that player only got the offer because of the past and not the player they are now. That assumption is definitely wrong with Andrew Pryts.
He is good enough to not only have earned an offer from his father’s university, Penn State, but also programs like Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Michigan. He’s a heck of a football player that is good enough to play at just about any school in country.
Pryts is a good athlete with solid speed, but there is some stiffness when he changes directions. His size is a big of question mark because he is listed from 6’3″ 205 to 6’0″ 195. He appears to be closer the first and if he plays safety at the next level, he has the size to compete there right now.
He is an impact hitter. He doesn’t just go for the knockout blow either. He tackles well in space by taking good angles, cutting the ball carrier in half, then hitting right through them. He does an outstanding job of coming down hill versus the run whether it is from depth or if he is lined up in the box. If in the box, he works his way through the trash and finds the ball well.
In coverage he shows great instincts in zone. Gets himself in the right position and finishes plays. He shows good ball skills and if the ball is in front of them he is going to make a receiver pay the price for catching the football.
He isn’t smooth in his backpedal and there is tightness when he has to open up his hips. Some improvement in technique could help, but I think he will always be a little tight. I’m not sure he has the ability to cover smaller, quicker players in man coverage.
He’s either a box safety or will eventually move to linebacker at the next level. I think his best fit is at linebacker.
He’s a much better football player than he is an athlete, but what he can do as a football player should translate well to the next level if used in the right role. I think he has the chance to be a very solid player and eventual starter at linebacker for Penn State or whatever program he ultimately chooses.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).