DITR: RB Cole Pryor, Reagan High School (San Antonio, Texas)

Cole Pryor is an electrifying running back from the class of 2025. He stands at 5’9, 180 lbs but plays much bigger than his size. Cole displays blazing speed, along with a toughness that makes him impossible to tackle. If you watch his tape, Cole barrels through defenders like they’re made of paper mache. He also posses amazing balance and footwork. There are many times Cole has been tripped up, but he finds a way to stay upright and make a play. Cole is also a very patient runner, able to wait for a hole to develop and then burst through it. He is very shifty in the open field, often breaking defenders ankles and making them look foolish. He understands the angle he needs to take to make a play, and more times than not he will execute it. His speed can be put into numbers as Cole most recently ran a personal record in the 100 meter dash with 10.78 seconds. He is also exceptionally strong for his size, able to bench 300 pounds in the gym. His skills are very eye opening, and I am not the only one who sees that. Cole has already received offers from some amazing schools such as UTSA, Texas State, Cornell, Penn, Fordham, Air Force, and many others. Cole had an impressive stat line this season, rushing for 1,556 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also caught the ball for an additional 249 yards and one touchdown. Cole is entering his senior season at Reagan, but he is already a very decorated runner. Cole has won 1st team All District honors for two years in a row to compliment his All State running back honorable mention and All Area 1st team awards this most recent season. In 12 games this season, Cole only rushed for under 100 yards three times. His best game came against rival high school San Antonio Johnson when Cole rushed for 214 yards and 4 touchdowns. Overall, Cole is a running back that you want on your roster, and he is ready to prove that this season.

What motivates you to play the game of football?

Just the hard work and determination that it takes to get better every day. Sometimes in today’s society that is not easy to do, there are so many distractions. The constant effort it takes to get better each day is my favorite.

What is your biggest strength on the field?

My vision is my biggest strength. Reading my blocks and using my feet are another big part of my game.

What is the most challenging part of playing running back?

If I had to say anything, it’s the fact that there are a lot of collisions. You can get some bumps and bruises but that’s just part of the game.
Cole celebrating after a touchdown

You guys had a tough loss against Westlake in the area finals of the Texas High School Football Playoffs. How are you and the team learning from that loss for next season?

Ever since that game our coaches have been telling us how we need to start fast and finish strong. That game, we didn’t start the way we wanted too but we’re turning that loss into a lesson for next season.

What goals do you have for yourself next season?

I just want to get better in every category. I want to be a better overall balanced running back and continue off of what I built last season. I just want to be better.

I know you are a 2 sport athlete with track. Do you see any of those skills transfer over to football?

Yes sir. I feel like once you get out in the open field, you get to running straight. The training that we do everyday at Reagan for track is about that, and is shown on the field. The speed really shows itself.
Cole evading defenders for a score

You have some good offers on the table so far. What is that recruiting process like?

The recruiting has been going well. I’ve been talking to these colleges, taking visits, and just really learning about what is going on inside these programs. It’s been very informative and a big blessing that I am happy to be a part of.

Do you have any pre game rituals or superstitions you engage in before a game?

Really just putting on my headphones and listening to music to lock me in. I just focus on myself and pray.

Do you have a favorite personnel highlight from playing?

My favorite games that I played in we’re the Smithson Valley and the Johnson game from this past year. The entirety of both of those games I loved and really felt in the moment.
Cole taking a 70 yard rush to the house

What has been your biggest improvement since you started playing?

Breaking the first tackle from contact. Gaining some weight and getting stronger are two areas I have improved in a lot.

What is your way too early Super Bowl winner prediction for next season?

I would have to say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They’ve been my favorite team for a while.
Cole had 214 yards and 4 touchdowns against rival high school San Antonio Johnson