No Quick Call From Pryor

While rumors continue to swirl that indicate the nation's top quarterback prospect is growing closer to becoming a Buckeye, BuckeyeSports.com made the trek to western Pennsylvania to get the scoop. Find out the very latest on Pryor's recruitment by reading on.

Do not count Terrelle Pryor among those expecting him to make a quick decision.

All the rumors and signs lately have pointed to the Jeannette, Pa., quarterback making a college decision sooner rather than later. However, Pryor was quick to refute those rumors in the immediate aftermath of his team's 77-6 destruction of visiting East Allegheny on Senior Night on Oct. 19.

"Nah, I like it," he told BuckeyeSports.com when asked if he was growing tired of the recruiting process. "It's a fun process. I wish everyone could have this opportunity."

A 6-6, 210-pound five-star prospect, Pryor has a list of six schools left: OSU, West Virginia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Penn State. He insists all six schools are even.

"I don't know yet," he said when asked if he had a leader. "I'm finishing my season. I'm not cutting it any more until after the season."

That focus is in line with what Jeannette head coach Ray Reitz wants to see from his primary offensive weapon, who has seen coaches from West Virginia and Tennessee both pay visits to Pryor in the last few weeks.

"It's to the point now where we've got to be focused on the playoffs so talking to college coaches doesn't really matter to me," he said. "We've got a job here to do. We're honored that they come in, but we've got to worry about what we've got to do.

He'd better be focused on that. We have him now, and later on he can worry about that. Terrelle's a winner and he wants to win."

That much has been evident throughout the 2007 season for Pryor and the Jayhawks. Standing a perfect 8-0, Jeannette has surrendered just 25 points this season. The closest game came in week two, when the Jayhawks defeated Washington by a 52-12 score.

The team's success has not been an overnight story, however.

"We're that good," Pryor said. "We destroy everybody. As we've grown up, this is my same team. This is my senior group and we all won championships together at the Midget leagues. We've been blowing people out for our whole lives, eight years or something. It's nothing new."

Along with nearly every verbal member of the class of 2008, Pryor confirmed he will be in Columbus for OSU's game against Wisconsin on Nov. 3.

"I'll be just checking out the area, just checking out everything," he said. "I'm just going for the coaches. When I get there I'll find out more."

During the victory over East Allegheny, Pryor was removed with 1:06 left in the third quarter and Jeannette ahead 62-0. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 70 yards on 3 carries.

His longest carry was a 56-yard touchdown rush around the left end that had him waving to would-be tacklers trailing far behind him along the sideline.

"I was saying, ‘Bye, bye.' " Pryor said with a laugh.

On defense, Pryor lined up as a safety but also rushed the quarterback from an end position a few times. He finished with 6 tackles, 1 sack and an interception.

There is still work to be done for Pryor to get better, however. He has shown a lack of touch on mid-range passes and is his own harshest critic, saying he remembers incomplete passes more than jaw-dropping touchdown runs.

"His mechanics are getting better," Reitz said. "Here's the thing: Terrelle can pick up things in a day, so when he goes on to the next level he'll be a joy to whoever has him. He's like an iceberg, and a lot of his potential is under. No one's even seen the real him yet and how much better he can get.

"He's just managing the game for us right now."

Playing one day after Lamaar Thomas' commitment to OSU, Pryor said he was happy for him.

"That's big," he said. "I talk to him a lot. He's big."

Would Pryor like to be throwing to the speedster from Maryland in Columbus?

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to it … if I would choose them," he said with a mischievous grin.

According to Thomas, the two keep in touch on a fairly frequent basis. While that will not change, the tone of his messages to Pryor might now that his role has changed.

"Before now I would text him to see what's up and see how all his recruiting was going because neither of us were Buckeyes, but it might be a little different now, but I'm not going to pressure him," he said.

Following his announcement, Thomas said Pryor texted him to congratulate him.


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