August 29, 2007

Pryor sure of two visits

Jeannette, Pa. quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the nation's No. 1 player, begins his senior season this Friday at home against Brownsville. On the recruiting front, the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder is also starting to get things underway with his first scheduled official visit and a second destination set in stone.

"I've set up an official visit to Ohio State for when they host Wisconsin," said Pryor. "I'm also going to take an official visit to West Virginia as well, I'm just not sure when. I was looking at their schedule and the Louisville game is the big one but that's on a Thursday night so that won't work out. Maybe I'll go see them when they host Pitt."

The date of the Ohio State-Wisconsin game is Nov. 3 and the Mountaineers host the Panthers on Dec. 1. Pryor has a busy schedule during the football season and basketball starts up in November, so taking visits will be tricky.

"We don't have a week off at all during the football season so I have to go to places that are close," he said. "Ohio State is just a few hours away and West Virginia is just an hour away. I can play on a Friday night and still make it to either place for a full weekend. I don't want to take an official someplace from Saturday to Monday because it's not the same and I don't want to miss school."

Pryor was expected to narrow down his list of schools to 5 or 6 by now but he's still having trouble making cuts.

"After Ohio State and West Virginia it's still the same group of teams," he said. "I thought about taking an official to Alabama for their game against Arkansas but that wouldn't work because of our schedule. I'll probably figure out my other visits after I get to talk to coaches over the next few weeks."

Pryor has been linked to Penn State since the beginning of the process as the Nittany Lions were considered a favorite for his services. Will he take any unofficial visits to State College and will PSU make his final cut?

"I'm not really sure about either of those things," he said. "It's only a couple of hours away so I could go to a game pretty easily but I don't have anything set up. I've heard that everyone expects me to be at their game against Notre Dame but I don't know. I haven't really decided about Penn State yet when it comes to visits or interest."

Pryor also lists Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas and Southern Cal on his long list.

"I'll narrow that down but I want to see a few games on TV first and talk to some coaches," he said. "I want to make sure I fit into the offense at certain schools and see how they run things. I plan on taking all five of my official visits so I have three more to figure out. I'll take the rest of them after the season and I still want to decide on Signing Day."

Summer conditioning went very well for Pryor and he's expecting to have a big season.

"The opener against Brownsville will be a good way to start the season although I doubt I'll play a lot because we should have a pretty big lead early," he said. "I tried to get faster this summer and I was timed at 4.32 in the 40-yard dash which I was happy with. I'm looking forward to having a big year and proving to everyone that I am No. 1 because I know there are doubters out there."

The talented quarterback has committed to play in the U.S. Army All American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex. in early January. As a junior he threw for 1,732 yards and rushed for 1,676 yards while scoring 44 total touchdowns. On defense he picked off 11 passes.

Pryor is also a five-star basketball recruit and is ranked as the No. 3 small forward in the country. As a junior he averaged 21.2 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

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