May 31, 2007

Nation's No. 1 talks recruiting

Jeannette, Pa. quarterback Terrelle Pryor is the nation's No. 1 player based on his rare ability as a passer and as a runner. Pryor is also a standout basketball player and is looking for a school with strong programs in each sport. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder talks about recruiting , hoops and all the attention he's getting.

"Things have been crazy the last month or so with all the coaches coming into the high school," said Pryor. "It actually got kind of annoying because I missed a bunch of classes. It seemed like every time I was in class I got called out to meet a coach."

Pryor isn't sure how many schools came in to see him, but it was more than he could track.

"There were a lot, that's all I know," he said. "There were a bunch of head coaches. I know coach Tressel from OSU was there, coach Meyer, coach Fulmer, coach Saban, I lost track."

Pryor hasn't really focused on recruiting with basketball season and AAU tournaments taking up much of his time.

"I was just down at North Carolina this past weekend for a tournament," he said. "I did well. I put 37 up on one of the top forwards in the country."

Is North Carolina an option for Pryor when it comes to playing football and basketball?

"No," he said. "I'm not looking at them."

So who is he looking at?

"I'm going to have a top 10 in a couple of weeks so I'll let you know for sure then," he said. "Off the top of my head, a few teams are Penn State, Ohio State, Florida and Tennessee but I don't have any leaders. I'm wide open and I'll go anywhere to play."

Rumors have been consistent that Penn State and Ohio State are the teams to beat. Pryor talked about each.

"Penn State has a good quarterback situation and they've been talking about using me like they did with Mike Robinson. If I want to stay close to home they're a good option," he said. "Ohio State is a great program and I like the coaches. I know a few of the guys they have committed and they also have a great basketball program. I might go to their summer camp for football, I'm not sure."

Pryor doesn't expect to take any official visits this summer and said he'll likely take all five of his official visits.

"I won't decide until late," he said. "Basketball will also come into play because I'm going to play both I think. I'll sign for football but I want to play both."





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