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Latest Offers for Sulphur Springs’ Willy Ivery + Larry Pryor

Sulphur Springs’ Willy Ivery (1) looks for room during a 35-34 season-opening overtime win at Tyler Lee last fall. (© Christopher R. Vinn/www.etsn.fm)

Sulphur Springs head coach Greg Owens told ETSN.fm early Thursday evening that two of his top playmakers have received new offers recently.

Owens said that 2014 athlete Willy Ivery now has four offers.

“Willy to me is a big-time Division I talent. He’s getting a lot of interest from the mid-majors right now. He’s got offers from Texas State, Toledo, New Mexico, and Colorado State,” Owens said. “To me it’s a no-brainer for those guys to offer him. I think the guys from the bigger schools are a little hesitant on him just because of his size. He’s 5-9, 185 pounds. What they’re telling me is they don’t know exactly where he fits in their package.”

Sulphur Springs S Larry Pryor. (Courtesy 247Sports.com)

Owens added that 2015 athlete Larry Pryor’s offer list is up to three schools

“He’s getting a lot of interest. He’s been offered by Texas, Texas Tech, and TCU,” Owens said. “He’s got three offers.”

Owens noted that Ivery and Pryor “could have more, but these are the schools that have called” him to tell him about their extending of offers.

Ivery had a big junior year in 2012, accumulating almost 1,600 yards from scrimmage and 29 total touchdowns, including one kickoff return TD. He ran 86 times for 914 yards — 10.6 yards per carry — and 22 touchdowns, while catching 54 passes for 674 yards and six scores. He averaged 28.3 yards per kickoff return as Sulphur Springs finished 8-3 with a District 14-4A championship and first-round playoff appearance.

“He’s extremely talented with the ball in his hands and extremely explosive,” Owens said. “The Big 12 guys are still intrigued with him, but they’ve told me they’re not sure how he fits in their package.”

Owens said that Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Texas have all shown interest in Ivery.

“He’s squatting 550 or 560. He’s also one of the best competitors I have. You put the ball in his hands and he’s going to the end zone. His competitive spirit and ability to make people miss is outstanding,” Owens said of Ivery. “He’s got the quickness and he’s got the top end to go get it. He’s extremely gifted. He’s a kid you put a carrot out in front of him and he’s gonna go get it. He just finds another gear inside of him and he’s been that way his whole life.”

Pryor, who said Wednesday on Twitter that Texas Tech had offered him, led Sulphur Springs with 118 tackles, plus one interception, two forced fumbles, and 10 pass breakups. His first offer came March 30 from Texas during a visit to the Longhorns’ spring game.

Owens said Pryor could see time at quarterback in 2013, noting that Pryor is seeing reps at the position during offseason drills during the athletic period.

Pryor and classmate Zach Spigner (6-0, 180) give Sulphur Springs a proven and talented safety combo entering the fall. Spigner had 89 tackles and six pass breakups as a sophomore.

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