Terrelle Pryor Commits To Ohio State

You mean I have to dislike this kid now?

Something I wrote after the Penn State loss.

Terrelle Pryor, the nation’s top-ranked high school quarterback according to the ESPN 150 and the top unsigned senior, announced that he’ll attend Ohio State at the news conference at his high school in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

His decision comes six weeks after the Feb. 6 national signing day when seniors normally sign their binding national letter and four days after the Jeannette Jayhawks made WPIAL history by winning the PIAA Class AA state boys’ basketball championship. In December, the school won the state football title. No other Western Pennsylvania school has pulled off that unthinkable double.

Pryor was the central figure in both championship runs.

“The sky’s the limit to athleticism,” said Tom Luginbill, the national football recruiting coordinator for Scouts, Inc. “He draws comparisons to Vince Young who can save a play on the run and has the ability to improvise.”

The two-time Pennsylvania player-of-the-year chose Ohio State over Oregon, Penn State and Michigan. But it really came down to blood rivals Ohio State and Michigan.

Pryor initially delayed his college decision because he did not devote adequate time to the recruiting process. After winning a football championship on Dec. 14, he jumped into basketball season. Charlie Batch, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ backup quarterback, became an advisor. Batch, who has known Pryor since he was 12 years old, wants to “point out things he might not see” during the recruiting process.

He asked for more time but failed to officially visit two of the four finalists because of the overlap of football and basketball.

Last weekend at the Class AA basketball final in State College, Pa., Pryor knew a decision was imminent. He said he would “sign [the national letter] and just get it over with.”

He also eliminated two schools but failed to mention them.

Pryor’s future coach, Tressel, fielded several questions on Feb. 6 about landing a quarterback before April 1. Though he never mentioned Pryor by name (NCAA rules forbid a coach from commenting on a recruit who hasn’t signed with his school), Tressel remained optimistic, saving a scholarship after signing 19 players.

“I think we had planned on having a quarterback in this class and so, yeah, in a perfect, let’s make a perfect world, let’s get a quarterback in this class, and our plans would be further along,” he said.

Consider it done.

The commitment also bolsters Ohio State’s 2008 recruiting class, making it eight ESPN 150 prospects in the fold. The Buckeyes now leapfrog Southern California for the No. 6 recruiting class in ESPN’s 2008 college football prospect rankings.

“The quarterback position was a real need for Ohio State,” Luginbill said. “They were able to fulfill it late.”

Ohio State signed three Top-100 offensive linemen, Michael Brewster (Edgewater-Orlando, Fla., No. 42 in the ESPN 150), J.B. Shugarts (Klein-Spring, Texas, No. 56) and Mike Adams (Coffman-Dublin, Ohio, No. 88), who will be Pryor’s future protectors.

Pryor’s signing doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll start at quarterback or become the “instant savior.” That’s because Todd Boeckman, a 6-5 senior from St. Henry, Ohio, returns. Boeckman guided the 11-2 Buckeyes to the BCS National Championship Bowl, throwing for 2,379 yards and 25 touchdowns, while completing nearly 64 percent of his passes.

“Terrelle will be in a great situation from the start,” Luginbill said. “Ohio State has an accomplished quarterback and 20 starters back. Terrelle will be utilized like Tim Tebow at Florida as a freshman where he was brought into situations which didn’t create failure; he’ll have doses of the offense.

“He still needs to beat you on the college level with his arm. In high school, he did it with his legs, not necessarily by passing. He needs to become a quarterback as opposed to an athlete who is a quarterback,” he added.

With two PIAA state championship trophies residing at Jeannette High, thus ends one the great prep careers in state history.

Pryor, the No. 4-rated player in the ESPN 150, has left a legacy:

• In football, he became the first Pennsylvania player to pass and rush for more than 4,000 yards.

• In basketball, he concluded with a school-record 2,285 points, eighth all-time on the WPIAL career scoring charts.

• He helped the Jayhawks win back-to-back WPIAL football championships, advancing to the last two PIAA Class AA title games, triumphing this season.

• He scored 23 points and had eight rebounds in the PIAA Class AA final as the Jayhawks held off Strawberry Mansion of Philadelphia, 76-72, in overtime. The Jayhawks went 30-2 and won the WPIAL title.

• The football team went 30-2 over the last two seasons, including 16-0 this season.

• The basketball squad went 53-9 in his junior and senior season as Pryor, an all-state selection, topped the Jayhawks in most statistical categories.

Pryor, a rare 6-6, 230-pound physical specimen, will concentrate on football at Ohio State.

“Everyone says he’s a can’t-miss player,” Jeannette Head Coach Ray Reitz said. “Not too many 6-foot-6 athletes can run a sub 4.3 40 [yard dash].”

His football numbers this fall were eye-catching but might have been eye-popping if the Jayhawks weren’t so dominant, registering lopsided scores.

Pryor ran for 1,901 yards and 33 touchdowns on 142 carries, averaging 13.4 yards. He completed 85 of 124 passes for 1,790 yards and 21 touchdowns and had caught one TD pass.

He saved his best for last.

In the PIAA 2A final, he ran for 209 yards and three TDs and completed 3 of 4 passes for 83 yards and a TD and caught a 28-yard scoring strike in a 49-21 blowout of Dunmore.


14 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor Commits To Ohio State”

  1. Mike says:

    Real class. Why would you dislike this kid? Apparently because he wants to go to Ohio State, correct? Guess you’re an exceptional judge of character, right? I have to wonder, though, how a thief such as yourself can make such a blanket pronouncement. You offered no attribution, and this entire missive, except the first sentence, was stolen word-for-word from the Associated Press, probably by way of ESPN, which IS a subscriber. One sentence is all some moron like you could write on this subject — a guy who has to suddenly “dislike” an 18-year-old kid because of the college he chose to attend. Hey, I guess to make this fair, I dislike you without even knowing (or caring) which colleges you obviously didn’t attend, weren’t admitted to, and certainly didn’t graduate from.

  2. Mizzo says:

    Mike relax. That’s why the piece is in Italics because it’s the ESPN piece. I provided the link at the end. I’m a Michigan fan that’s the only reason why I said dislike. Most would have said hate. Terelle Pryor is going to be an amazing talent and I wish him well in whatever he aspires to do. The comments on this thread were deleted because we switched over so you didn’t see what we said about Pryor. Take your uninformed comment somewhere else. Somebody gotcha hot before you came here bruh. Take it out on them instead of hiding behind your “name” on a blog. If you are real like that, where’s your full name? Be peace.

  3. Could not agee with you more..

  4. Ryan says:

    people just dislike ohio state because they are such an exceptional and outstanding university when it comes to college sports.people hate winners,its’ a fact.so keep on hating and also keep on watching ohio state do what they do best,WIN!!!!

  5. david says:

    Plain and simple hes a thug and he will be in jail within two years

  6. origin says:

    David get the he!! off this site with that bigoted ignorance.

    How do you know that he is a thug and will be in jail in 2 years???

    Take that crap to ESPN.

  7. Mizzo says:

    O that’s how they do us….
    Don’t pay attention to those fools. They add nothing here.

    Only come here to destruct.

    Just smile for a while at their bile 🙂

  8. tj wilkins says:

    hes a beast, nothing else to be said. were gonna be in the national championship atleast 2 out of the 3 or four years he attends osu.

  9. he ROCKS!



  10. i think they have a really good chance of geting to the rose bowl this year and if they can end up beating ucla and penn state they can win the rose bowl and they ca beat any collge team.

  11. john says:

    hey u are the most powerful quaterback i have ever seen through out my high school years

  12. Carl says:

    Tremendous blog thanks for your thoughts, enjoyed reading them

  13. dajasinay davis says:

    well ilove him for going to ohio state and he rock and if he was my age i would marry him (i am a girl who is 13) thats how i great i think he is and i watch every game each saturday now what and just to lets his haters no yall will always be haters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol lol lol lol lol lol not really!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Whitman says:

    dude Terrelle Pryor is one of the most athletic quaterbacks i have ever sseen play college ball. He can throw it a mile a run laps around your bitch ass defenders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just wish he would have went to alabama Roll tide Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!