A Few More Visitors For Pryor

Terrelle Pryor has played in front of all kinds of crowds both on the gridiron and the hardwood, but he had a few extra-interested observers on hand for a recent conference showdown. Find out who was there, what they had to say and what it meant for them to see Pryor in person here on BuckeyeSports.com.

After the visitors he has had see him play this year, playing in front of 100,000-plus fans will be a piece of cake for Terrelle Pryor in college.

When Pryor and his teammates took to the hardwood to face Greensburg Central Catholic in a conference clash, there were four extra-interested observers on hand to see the nation's top football prospect. Michael Brewster, J.B. Shugarts, Andrew Sweat and Brewster's brother, Billy, were all in attendance for Jeannette, Pa.'s 69-43 victory Jan. 26.

"It was pretty cool," Sweat told BuckeyeSports.com. "Mike Brewster talked about going, so he brought J.B. Shugarts with him and his brother (Billy). We went over to watch him play and hang out with Terrelle a little bit."

The game tipped off at 5 p.m., but Brewster and Co. arrived at Sweat's house in nearby Washington, Pa., earlier in the afternoon and had lunch. The quintet then made the hour-long drive to see the game.

When they arrived around 4 p.m., Pryor was already warming up so they did not talk to him in any great detail until after the contest.

Sweat said Pryor was surprised to see the group.

"Yeah, I think he was," he said. "He acted pretty surprised and thanked us a lot for coming down. We didn't speak a word about football. We're all friends with him, so we just talked to him like regular kids just talking to your friends."

Adding to that, Sweat said the group tried to keep a low profile while in attendance and did not wear any Ohio State clothing. Sweat, Mike Brewster and Shugarts are all verbal members of OSU's class of 2008.

When Pryor took to the field for the final regular-season game of his gridiron career, he took snaps with OSU head football coach Jim Tressel, quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels, wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell, head basketball coach Thad Matta and assistant coach Alan Major all in attendance.

Pryor finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds. In the process, he surpassed both the 2,000-point and 1,000-rebound totals for his prep career. When the totals were announced, Pryor received a standing ovation.

"Oh yeah, he's good," Sweat said. "He hurt his back a little bit on the first play of the game trying to dunk over the whole team, basically. He dunked on three or four people. He had like 20 points. He's pretty good."

Sweat was not surprised at Pryor's abilities, however. A former basketball player himself, the two were teammates for two seasons of AAU basketball in sixth and ninth grade, Sweat said.

"He was dunking in sixth grade and he was just dominating everything," he said. "I thought he was going to the NBA in basketball. I wasn't real sure about his football skills until a little bit later throughout high school."

As National Signing Day approaches, Pryor remains the most talked-about recruit in the nation. The 6-6, 225-pound quarterback who is hoping to play both sports in college has had to get multiple cell phones in order to keep up with the demands on his time.

Although Pryor did not show it outwardly, Sweat said he thinks the pressure could be getting to him.

"When you're the No. 1 player in the country, you have to worry about people trying to take advantage of you," he said. "There's so many people out for you and you have to worry about every word that you say and every move you make and just everything. He hasn't said anything, but you can only guess that it would wear on him. He didn't show anything. That's just speculation, I guess. Just a guess."

Regardless of what school Pryor eventually signs with, Sweat said he and his future teammates will remain close friends with Pryor.

"We are friends with him, and either way we're still going to be pretty close friends with him," he said. "It's still cool to talk to him on the phone, but just seeing him in person, it's good to hang out with him. He's just a normal kid like me and everyone else. He's a real sweet dude."

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