Pryor Talks Visits, Top Schools

The nation's top quarterback prospect and the No. 2 prospect overall, Terrelle Pryor has a lot on his plate. In the aftermath of his team's second blowout victory of the season, Pryor discussed his top schools, where he might take visits and his thoughts on playing two sports in college.

After his team's 52-12 victory over Washington, Pa., Terrelle Pryor was focused on just one play.

Holding a 39-9 lead after halftime, the quarterback faced a second-and-four play from his own 45-yard line. Dropping back, Pryor threw in the left flat for his tailback but the pass came in around the intended receiver's ankles.

Jeannette was whistled for a false start, but one play later, he checked off one wide receiver and tossed deep downfield, connecting with a wide receiver for a 60-yard touchdown.

It would be his last play of the game, but it was the one he immediately recalled.

"That play, that's what I'll think about all night because that should have been there," he said. "That should have been completed."

It's doubtful that will be the one play the standing-room-only crowd will remember, however. For the evening, the nation's top quarterback prospect seemingly moved the ball at will against the hometown Prexies.

In the pocket, Pryor completed 6 of 8 passes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. Out of the pocket, he rushed 5 times for 57 yards and 2 touchdowns. On defense, he recorded one sack from his safety position. On special teams, he returned a punt 54 yards making a cut along the sidelines that looked reminiscent of former USC tailback Reggie Bush.

While every major program in the country has offered the 6-6, 220-pound athlete, Pryor has narrowed his list down to 11 schools. He declined to name all 11, but his last known list of 12 included Ohio State, Penn State, West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, USC, Tennessee and Texas.

"As of right now I'm just looking to cut it to six and relax before football season is over," he said. "We still have a goal to accomplish, and I'm still looking forward to that goal. I'm not really worried about college right now. I'm talking to coaches and trying to get the feel for them, but as of right now I'm just wide open and I'm just trying to have fun.

"This process is real hard. You have to look into so many different things. You've just got to stay with your family. I'm just staying with my dad, talking to my dad and talking to people and trying to get info."

This weekend, he took an unofficial visit to Happy Valley to see the Nittany Lions defeat Notre Dame. He is sure of one more visit and has at least two more in mind.

"For sure I'm taking Ohio State at Wisconsin game," he said. "I know I want to go to a West Virginia one, and a Texas one too. I've got to fly out sometime."

As demonstrated by the incomplete pass, Pryor knows he has things he needs to work on to continue to get better. He says he wants to improve on his mechanics from within the pocket, but the majority of his goals are all team-related.

Jeannette head coach Ray Reitz said there is little he wants his coaching staff to tinker with when it comes to Pryor.

"I think his mechanics throwing the ball have to get better," he said. "They're going to get better. The kid's just, it's the old saying: don't fix what ain't broke. With him, he does what he does well and I just think he can play at any level."

Also a top basketball recruit, Pryor said he is still hoping to play both sports at the next level. A four-star small forward prospect, he also plays AAU basketball.

"I know I can play basketball," he said. "Hopefully I can get in there and the coaches let me. If I play quarterback, it's going to be a hard thing to do. There's a lot of things you have to study and get better at. Maybe it will work out for a year or two, maybe I can help out the basketball squad."

While the pressure on Pryor is sure to increase as the season goes on, the five-star prospect who wears studs in his ears during games seems equipped to handle the pressure.

"It doesn't tighten me up," he said. "I don't really think about it. When I get on the field, if I lower myself to recruiting, trying to impress somebody … I know what I can do. Not to be cocky, but I know what I can do. I'm not going to try to impress coaches. If I've got to play and I've got to break the runner or throw a good pass, I'm going to try my hardest."

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