Former Portsmouth Trojan John Prior has received an invite from the Detroit Lions to try out for the team per Ohio University SID Tom Symonds.
Prior will be invited to try out at the Lions rookie mini-camp, which takes place from Friday to Sunday in Allen Park, Mich.
Prior, who played both offensive and defensive line at Portsmouth, started in eight of ten games at left tackle for Ohio University. He lead the team with 11 decleaters, and compiled 26 pancakes for the Bobcats on the season.
Prior was part of a Trojan team that finished 5-5 his senior year in 2009. He was an-all district selection that season and was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals. He participated in the Big 33 game, a high school all-star game that pits Ohio’s top prospects against a team of Pennsylvania’s to recruits. He originally committed to Florida State, but would transfer to Ohio after red shirting his freshman season.
Upon his arrival in Athens, Prior would make an immediate impact for the Bobcats. He would miss only four games through his three-year career with Ohio University. Prior would help the school win its first bowl game, The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, in 2011, and helped the Bobcats follow it up with a victory in the Advocare V-100 Independence Bowl a year later. He also helped Ohio reach the MAC Conference Championship game in 2011.
Though the Lions will be returning their entire starting offensive line next season, they will also be looking toward the future. Veteran linemen Dominic Raiola and Rob Sims are in contract years, meaning two starting positions could open up as soon as next year. If Prior is able to transition to an interior lineman position, like guard or tackle, the Lions will certainly welcome the depth he can provide.
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