Pritchard Opening Back Up?

<b>Tavita Pritchard</b> may have been the first Stanford Cardinal commit to hear about the firing of Buddy Teevens. With offensive line coach Steve Morton having visited the 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback from Lakewood (Wash.) Clover Park the night of Teevens' firing, it was definitely a bit of a shock. But did it change how Pritchard feels about Stanford?

"Coach Morton was in my house last night," Pritchard told Wednesday night. "It was his second in-home. The first was the day before the announcement. We all heard about it that night. He was telling us that he could get a call any day saying they were fired and then Coach Teevens was fired. It surprised me, because I thought he was heading in the right direction.

"Initially I told them that I was still committed, but my Dad kind of forced me to reopen things a little bit so I took an official visit to Hawaii this past weekend. It was exciting. It was loud. When you are a quarterback and you see a game like that, that'll change your mind. I got to go to their end-of-the-year banquet the next night, and that was exciting too."

Pritchard's sister goes to Hawaii, as well as family friend Mel Purcell. "My official host was one of the backup quarterbacks, Jack Rolovich, but Mel is actually from my village in Samoa, so I spent a lot of time with him," Pritchard said. "His Mom told him to look out for me. That was the highlight of the trip, seeing all of the Samoan guys. It was like going home. It's just like family."

But in the end, despite the fantastic Hawaii win over Michigan State last weekend and the visit, Pritchard's heart still remains in Palo Alto. All that he needs to know now is who his coach is going to be. "I've been hearing some of the names being thrown around for the job," he said. "I'm still committed to Stanford, and if someone like Norm Chow goes there it's going to be awfully hard to pass up. That's a no-brainer. And even if it doesn't happen, I'd still probably be committed to Stanford just because of the education."

But Oregon is another school Pritchard might visit if circumstances force him to continue to look around. "My visit to Stanford is January 7th, so a lot of depends on when they hire a coach," he said. "If they announce a coach and I like the coach, it might not happen. I talked to (Oregon) coach (Neal) Zoumboukos about it tonight."

But for the time being, Pritchard is going to focus on Clover Park's basketball season. They are currently 2-1 after a win over Evergreen. "As a quarterback, I use the other sports for my leadership skills," Pritchard said. "I'm not a point guard or anything, but I'm out there like a second coach. I like being in that role, seeing the other guys seeing you in that role, leading your peers. That's the thing that keeps me sharp. And when baseball comes around, that'll be another sport I'll use to stay sharp because I might play baseball in college."

Tavita Pritchard Scout Profile

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