September 9, 2007
Pryor visits PSU
Jeannette, Pa. quarterback Terrelle Pryor knows he'll visit Ohio State and West Virginia on official visits and isn't sure where he'll trip beyond that. However, the nation's No. 1 player took an unofficial visit this weekend to Happy Valley to watch Penn State defeat Notre Dame 34-10.
"Everything was good about the trip," said the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder. "The atmosphere is like it always is when I go to a game, the crowd is crazy. This time they chanted my name throughout the game which was cool. It was a good trip, just like the other times I've been up there."
Pryor didn't get to interact much with the coaches as he arrived to the game about an hour before kickoff.
"I got up there late so I got to talk to them very quickly but nothing at length," he said. "I did get to speak to a couple of recruits who were there on visits. I met Deion Walker and spoke to him and his dad, but not really about football. And I saw Je'Ron Stokes and talked to his dad as well. His dad said he might send Je'Ron wherever I go which was funny. We all just hung out a bit and talked, but just about regular things."
Pryor said he's still only sure about official visits to Ohio State and to West Virginia. His OSU trip is set for the weekend of Nov. 2 and he hasn't set his West Virginia trip yet. Will he take an official to Penn State down the line?
"I'm not sure, I've been there enough times and it's close enough where I don't need to take an official visit. It was a good trip and I had a good time there. I think the offense is okay, they could have put it on Notre Dame a lot more I think but they struggled here and there. But the crowd was amazing as always and it's a great atmosphere. I'm not sure yet," he said. "I haven't figured out my other officials yet but I might take one to Texas now. I want to see more of the offense they run. The offense a team runs is important to me and I think Texas' offense could be a fit. But right now that's still up in the air."
Pryor also lists Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Southern Cal and Tennessee in addition to the Buckeyes, Mountaineers, Nittany Lions and Longhorns. Has Michigan's slow start hurt them?
"No, I'm still considering them," he said. "It's more about how I'd fit in than how a team is doing this year and all that. I mean it's not good that they're losing games, but it doesn't make me want to stop looking at them."
And now that he's seen Notre Dame up close, what are his thoughts?
"I'm not really sure if they want me as a wide receiver or what but I know I could play there," he said. "The offense they ran wasn't that exciting and Jimmy Clausen, you can tell he's good but they didn't let him throw the ball down the field much. It was a lot of swing passes. That's not really an offense that excites me but that doesn't mean they're out either."
Pryor's team ran its record to 2-0 this weekend with a 52-12 win over Washington. He completed 7 of 9 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns while running for 60 yards and two scores as well. Pryor also had a sack on defense and returned a punt 54 yards. He also had a 40-yard touchdown run called back because of a penalty.
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