Super Soph Has Plenty of Options

Every year, several top football prospects let it be known they intend to play more than one sport at the college level. But few athletes have the talent to pull it off. Even fewer high school sophomores fall into that category.

Terrelle Pryor is not your run-of-the-mill sophomore. He is a 6-foot-6, 218-pounder from Jeanette, Pa., who is currently ranked by Scout.com as the country's No. 1 10th-grade small forward. The accolades are well-earned as Pryor travels with his AAU team, the Pittsburgh Jots, to tournaments across the nation. He has battled the likes of Paul Harris, O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker. Pryor played on the 16-and-under Jots team for most of the season; he then played two tournaments with the 17-and-under Jots team that featured N.C. State signee Ben McCauley. During his freshman season at Jeanette, Pryor averaged 16 points per game.

As impressive as his basketball resume is, Pryor is an amazing athlete on the gridiron, as well. He has taken the reigns of the Jayhawks offense and led them to an 8-0 mark on the season. Pryor may be the most athletic quarterback in the state right now. He has passed for more than 600 yards and six touchdowns, while running for another 600 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Pryor has been a regular at Beaver Stadium this season.

"Penn State gave me a verbal offer in football and a written offer in basketball," Pryor said. "The coaches give me tickets and I have a great time up there. I have been to every home game."

Penn State has been the only team to really recruit Pryor as a two-sport athlete. He receives interest from North Carolina, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Notre Dame, Xavier, Michigan and Virginia Tech. Most of those schools have visited the halls of Jeanette High, as well. Pryor does not hesitate when you ask him which sport he'll play in college. The question is, will he do both?

"I'm aiming for basketball," he said. "I like football also, so we'll just have to see what happens."

Pryor has his favorites as well. "If it's hoops I would say North Carolina or N.C. State. But football I'd pick Penn State or Texas; I love the offenses they run."

The talented Jayhawk may or may not end up a Nittany Lion, but he enjoys the spirit and the atmosphere in University Park.

"I love it up there, it's a lot of fun," he said. "The crowd is awesome. It's a fun environment and all the coaches are cool. The Ohio State game was crazy; I've never seen anything like that in my life. I watch from the field and the speed of the game is just so fast."

Recruiting will have to wait as Pryor and his Jayhawks will battle 7-0 Greensburg Central Catholic in a pivotal WPIAL Class AA contest this weekend.

"We're ready, I'm focused," he said. "We have to win, that's our rival."


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