The nation's top quarterback prospect will entertain head coaches this week and prepare himself for the final few weeks until National Signing Day. But while Jeannette, Pa., head coach Ray Reitz said he does not feel Pryor has a clear-cut favorite, he will know a lot more by the time this week is finished.
"I think he's starting to narrow it down to a couple of schools," Reitz told Scout.com. "I think this week is going to tell the tale in a lot of things. He's going to meet with these guys and that's going to tell. Tressel's coming in Wednesday, I think somebody said that. He met Michigan (Monday). He's going to meet Oregon and Duke (Tuesday). Once this week goes by, he obviously has to start narrowing it down."
Pryor has listed a top five of OSU, Oregon, Michigan, Penn State and West Virginia. However, Duke is a new player for his services and Reitz said he thinks the Mountaineers are off Pryor's list.
The Blue Devils might appear to be a head-scratching inclusion, but their recent hiring of David Cutcliffe is why Pryor is talking to them. A former offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee – where he coached Peyton Manning – and a former head coach at Mississippi – where he coached Eli Manning – Cutcliffe's credentials have Pryor considering playing for him.
"He's got a pretty good relationship with the head coach, Cutcliffe," Reitz said. "I think basketball is gravy, but he really likes Cutcliffe. I guess it's his preference. I think he's talking about who he feels comfortable with and the guy is ranked as one of the top quarterback coaches in the country. I think that's what he's looking at."
WVU dropped when head coach Rich Rodriguez took his spread offense and headed to Michigan. The Wolverines had been in on Pryor early, but they appear to be even bigger players for his services now with a clear path for playing time laid out in front of him.
Thought to be an OSU lean for some time, he faces a battle to earn snaps should he opt to become a Buckeye. According to Reitz, either situation will be beneficial for Pryor.
"I think he is intrigued by the spread where you're more of a runner/thrower," he said. "At Ohio State you're going to be more handing the ball off and running a pro-style offense. They both have their benefits.
"I think the familiarity for Terrelle with the Michigan offense (helps) because it's sort of like we did in high school. That's not to say there's anything the matter with what Ohio State does. It's just a matter of philosophy with coaches."
Pryor has taken just one official visit when he checked out OSU on Nov. 2. Reitz said he is still firming up where he will take his remaining visits, but it appears he will be checking out the Ducks and the Wolverines. He has taken several unofficial visits to PSU and will likely not take an official there, Reitz said.
A 6-6, 225-pound prospect who has been timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Pryor was named the Pennsylvania Class AA player of the year after leading the Jayhawks to a state championship.
Although he has maintained all along that he enjoys the recruiting process and that he does not feel pressure to make a commitment, Reitz said that outlook might be changing.
"Terrelle's problem is he can't say ‘no' to anyone," he said. "I think that's what's hard. These guys at these universities are very good coaches and they are impressive, so when they come in they're all good at what they do and I think it's hard for him to tell one over the other."
Once he sees the coaches coming to town this week, Pryor will have to start coming to grips with telling them he does not want to go there. Reitz said it will not be easy but that Pryor recognizes it is necessary.
Once he figures out which schools he truly likes, that is.
"His biggest thing is he has to start telling people that their school is not for him," Reitz said. "I don't know what schools they are, to be honest with you. He has been pretty open to all of them."