Ohio State safety Isaiah Pryor has entered his name in the transfer portal.
Following multiple reports on Monday afternoon, an Ohio State spokesperson confirmed that Pryor is now in the NCAA's transfer portal and intends to transfer from the program.
ESPN's Tom VanHaaren, who was first to report the news, reported that Pryor is listed as a potential graduate transfer in the portal.
Ohio State safety Isaiah Pryor's name is in the transfer portal, listed as a grad transfer.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) September 23, 2019
Pryor's father, Richard, told Buckeye Grove's Marc Givler that Pryor and his family enjoyed their time with the Ohio State football program.
#Buckeyes safety Isaiah Pryor in the transfer portal. Spoke w/ Richard Pryor (Isaiah's father) about the news. Told me they had a great conversation with Ryan Day, called him a "family man" and that they all enjoyed being part of the Ohio State community: https://t.co/0fxd9LnBw8— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) September 23, 2019
Pryor, a junior, played in each of Ohio State's first four games this season and recorded three tackles in the Buckeyes' season opener against Florida Atlantic. Pryor has not used a redshirt year at Ohio State, so if he sits out the remainder of the season and graduates from Ohio State, he will be able to transfer elsewhere with two remaining seasons of eligibility.
A four-star recruit in the class of 2017, Pryor started seven of Ohio State's first eight games at safety in 2018. He played only on special teams in Ohio State's final six games of last season after struggling in most of his playing time on defense, but he had his sights set on improved play this year.
With only one safety seeing regular playing time in Ohio State's new defensive scheme, however, Pryor was a backup to Jordan Fuller, and with Josh Proctor rising up the depth chart at the same position, Pryor faced the possibility of never having another opportunity to start for the Buckeyes.
In the first four games of the season, Pryor and Proctor both saw time with the first-team defense as a second safety. With Pryor's departure from the program, Proctor now becomes the clear-cut No. 2 safety on the depth chart behind Fuller, while other candidates for playing time at the position could include redshirt freshman Marcus Hooker and true freshman Bryson Shaw.