No. 8 Sophomore Pledges Early

As he closed in on 1,000 career points, Terrelle Pryor ended his recruitment almost before the meat of it began. The Jeannette High sophomore, a Top 10 player in his class, isn't going far from home.

The Pittsburgh Panthers received some outstanding – and somewhat unexpected – news Saturday afternoon. Terrelle Pryor,'s No. 8 sophomore in the nation, will play his college basketball for the Panthers.

Pryor caught the staff by surprise with the timing of his decision. "Me and Coach Lombardi were talking and I told him I wanted to commit here," Pryor said. "He brought me upstairs and told me to tell Coach Dixon."

For Pryor, an all-state football prospect, the decision to stay close means more time around his family. "It wasn't very hard (to decide early)," Pryor said. "I wanted to stay home so my father could see me. It wasn't a hard decision."

Ranked the No. 8 sophomore in America by, Pryor has had the type of season that rekindled a football hotbed's love for high school hoops. He's averaging 23 points a game and has been the toast of the town.

In a region known for its gridiron glory on the high school level, the Pittsburgh area has at least three high-major hoops talents and now one of them is a Panther. DeJuan Blair and Herb Pope are the other youngsters in the area.

"Now that I committed maybe DeJuan and Herb will commit too." Pryor said he's talked to Pope about the Panthers and feels like the Aliquippa junior could follow him. Pope was once committed to Pittsburgh but rescinded his pledge and the Panthers remain heavily involved.

The committed Pryor is "60-70" points away from reaching the 1,000 point milestone in just his second season.

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