Andrew Pryts, ladies and gentlemen!
Hometown/High School: Hermitage, PA/Hickory
Height/Weight: 6'1"/199 lbs.
Recruited By:Terry Smith, Bob Shoop
Starz n' Sheetz:
Starz: 4* 247 and Scout, 3* Rivals and ESPN
Sheetz: Alabama, Duke, Kansas State, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, 5B, BTPR, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Born a Nittany Lion & proud to announce I will continue my career as one & commit to Penn State University. #WeAre ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/pkjTfGExJf— Andrew Pryts (@Bpryts30) August 30, 2015
#WeAre...Better #PSUnrivaled #107KStrong— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) August 30, 2015
From Erie to Philly From Washington to Susquehanna From HERMITAGE to Stroudsburg and EVERYWHERE in between #WeAre....PENN STATE #Rt80Baller— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) August 30, 2015
As you can imagine, Penn State was considered the leader for Andrew Pryts for quite some time earlier this year. That's what happens when you grow up in Pennsylvania, are good at football, oh, and your dad was a standout linebacker for Joe Paterno from 1979-1981.
However, as the spring and summer rolled on, and Andrew's recruitment began to pick up, those nefarious folks from South Bend and Columbus, among others, began to increase their interest in the ninth ranked player in PA. In fact, for awhile earlier this summer, PSU was, at best, a distant third behind the Irish, and especially the Buckeyes. But, a return trip to Happy Valley earlier this month brought the Lions right back into the thick of things, and ultimately lead to his verbal commitment.
Andrew checks in as the 20th best safety in the country according to the 247 Composite Rankings, and is the 20th member of PSU's Class of 2016, which moves back to 4th in the country according to the 247 Composite.
As you can expect for the son of a player, Andrew is exceptionally knowledgeable about the game, just what you want from a safety. He combines that with an exceptionally physical game, and underrated athleticism. Despite playing a physical brand of football, he is also very comfortable making open field tackles. One of the most impressive parts of his junior film is his ability to make plays all over the field, whether breaking up a pass over the middle, making a big hit, or coming up and supporting the run.
He plays both ways for Hickory, and has very good ball skills, and a definite knack for forcing turnovers from the defensive backfield.
You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @Bpryts30
Welcome to Penn State, Andrew!