Notre Dame addressed a position of need Sunday when former Ohio State safety Isaiah Pryor decided he would transfer to Notre Dame as a graduate student and spend his final two years of eligibility with the Irish.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Pryor was the No. 63 overall recruit in the 2017 class, per 247sports.com, and he was a Notre Dame target before choosing the Buckeyes.
"Man, it was crazy. It's a special place," Pryor told 24/7 when he visited Notre Dame for the USC game in October. "The fans, players, everyone, they're all really genuine people. I feel like they are people I could really mesh with. They really welcomed me with open arms.
"I really respect the tradition that they have. I've never really seen much like it. It was really interesting learning from my host. She was telling me all about the traditions that they have. Like I said, it's a special place and I had a great time."
Pryor played in 27 games over two seasons for Ohio State, starting seven games for the Buckeyes in 2018 and registering 31 tackles, one TFL and an interception. His six pass break-ups in 2018 were second on the team as the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship.
Pryor sat out this season, but will graduate from Ohio State in the spring and be immediately eligible to play in 2020. With Jalen Elliott graduating, Pryor will be in the mix to start at safety along with sophomore-to-be Kyle Hamilton and captain Alohi Gilman. Gilman is a potential NFL prospect, as well, and if he decides to forego his final season of eligibility and enter the draft after this season, Pryor's presence could be even more important. At the very least, he'll provide capable depth at what should remain a position of strength next season.