Bowie State University football player, Joshua Pryor has reportedly signed a deal with the Washington Commanders.
According to DC News Now, shortly after the NFL draft on Saturday, a source confirmed that Pryor is staying local, signing an undrafted free agent deal with the Washington Commanders.
This news comes after Pryor expressed his hopes to become the first Bowie State player drafted into NFL.
Pryor is indeed an impressive draft prospect, posting 32 sacks and 77 tackles for a loss during his time with the Bulldogs.
He is a captain as a defensive lineman for Bowie State and graduated in December with a degree in communications.
The Baltimore native told WBAL-TV that it has been his dream to play in the NFL since he was playing little league at five years old.
When he found out about getting a chance to get picked in the NFL Draft, he said he wasn’t nervous, but instead, “ready. “This has been my goal for quite some time now,” Pryor said.
“It’s kind of like surreal. I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet. I’m still trying to take it day by day. Trying to maximize my time, trying to be the best I can be,” Pryor said about being in the NFL draft.
Pryor credits Bowie State’s head football coach, Kyle Jackson for getting him back on the field after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jackson spoke highly about Pryor and his chances of getting drafted.
“He’s not called monster for no reason. The things he does on the field is the reason why he’s getting the accolades off the field,” Jackson said. “The energy he brought, the aura he had defensively inspired his teammates. He’s still like a walking inspiration to those guys.”
With his new deal, Pryor will have a chance to make it onto the Commanders roster.