February 25, 2008

Pryor comments on trip to Columbus

Jeannette, Pa. quarterback Terrelle Pryor must feel like a bit like George Clooney or Matthew McConaughey these days. No matter where he goes, he's recognized, pictures are taken and word spreads fast. Pryor took a day trip to Ohio State on Sunday, a trip he was hoping would fly under the radar. It didn't happen quite the way he had hoped.

"This is why I didn't want to come up here for the basketball game, because I knew the press would be all over it," said Pryor via text message late Sunday afternoon. "I don't want a billion phone calls."

Pryor, who at 6 feet 5 and 235 pounds doesn't exactly blend into a crowd, went to the Ohio State-Wisconsin basketball game on Sunday with his teammate, 2009 standout Jordan Hall. Instantly the word traveled that the nation's top player was in Columbus.

"I don't really want to comment on the visit because then everyone will keep calling," he said via text. "This is my quote -- I went to Ohio State with Jordan and hung out with Brewster and Shugarts and talked to coach Tress a bit. That's it and we went to the game and the atmosphere was nice."

Brewster is five-star OSU signee Michael Brewster and Shugarts is four-star OSU signee J.B. Shugarts. Both players have become quite friendly with Pryor throughout the recruiting process. Head coach Jim Tressel is whom Pryor referred to as Tress.

Fans obviously recognized the big quarterback and greeted him with chants of "We want Pryor" and "Terr-elle Pry-or" as he left his seat at halftime. He was led away from his seat by Tressel. Brewster and Shugarts, who sat with Pryor, were announced to the crowd of 19,049 early in the game, drawing more attention to Pryor.

Pryor, who admitted he was going to sign with Ohio State on Signing Day (Feb. 6) before having a change of heart, did not comment on any other schools. When asked if he was still planning on visiting Penn State, no response was forthcoming.

Pryor delayed his decision to sign with Ohio State after a conversation with his father, Craig, on Feb. 5. Craig wanted Terrelle to take an official visit to Penn State to give them a fair chance and that has apparently been the plan ever since. However, the Ohio State unofficial visit could mean things are swinging back towards the Buckeyes in a big way.

"All arrows point to Ohio State," said a source who wished to remain unidentified. "There's word that he'll be coming back for another unofficial visit soon as well."

Pryor said last week that he was still down to four schools -- Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Oregon -- with no clear leader. Following this most recent visit and another trip perhaps on the horizon as well as OSU's interest in his teammate and friend Jordan Hall (no offer yet), the Buckeyes seem to be clearly in the driver's seat.

Pryor led his team to its first WPIAL Class AA championship on Saturday with 39 points, 26 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. The win means more basketball for Pryor as Jeannette begins a quest to win the state title. That means most of Pryor's weekends will be full as long as his team keeps winning, delaying any visit to Penn State. His next game is Saturday, March 1.

Pryor has until April 1 to sign with the school of his choice.

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