Junior high (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday February 6, 2007 8:00PM; Updated: Tuesday February 6, 2007 9:56PM
One of the big questions surrounding Pryor is which sport he'll end up playing in college.
"I'm going to sign for football, but I want to play both," said Pryor, who has roughly 15 programs who have already offered him in both sports. "I think my future is in football because my size is rarer at quarterback than it is at small forward. But I like both sports and would like to do both."
Being recruited in both sports is no picnic, but Pryor is handling it well so far.
"I get about 150-200 text messages a day," he said. "I had to up my text message limit to unlimited and my phone bill is pretty high. But it's all good. I know it's going to continue for awhile because I don't plan to make any decision without taking my official visits."
The topics of the texts are broad -- and sometimes humorous.
"They range from wishing me good luck at a game or checking to see if we won our basketball games to some crazy stuff," he said. "I won't say which program sent this text, but one of them told me that the girls at his school were the hottest so I should go there."
Pryor will look for a little more than that when selecting a school, but he hasn't begun to narrow things down.
"I'm not even at the beginning of the process," he said. "I don't have any favorites. I grew up a North Carolina fan for basketball, but that won't matter. I want to make sure a program can be successful in both sports and I fit into what they want to do."
Despite a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, Pryor's gliding style -- similar to Young's -- makes him look like he's not going full speed.
"I see myself on film and I think, 'I'm slow'," he laughed. "It doesn't look like I'm really running hard."
"He's very humble and team-oriented," said Reitz. "I'll give you an example. We were breaking down film from our game against [Greensburg] Central Catholic and we were all watching the television broadcast of it. Each time the announcers started gushing over Terrelle, he fast forwarded. He just doesn't like to think he's that big a deal."
Pryor doesn't mind giving back to others in the community as well.
"I sign as many autographs as I'm asked for because if they think I'm worth it, then why should I say 'No?'" he said. "Some are for adults, some for kids and I don't know where they end up but I try to sign everything."
Pryor also has a soft spot for kids.
"I was in the barbershop recently and a little kid was asking his mom for a do-rag for like two bucks," he said. "She couldn't afford it, and he was upset. So I bought him three of them. I just feel that way sometimes when I see kids who need help."
Pryor will do whatever it takes for his team to win, a leadership ability that is emerging.
"He understands that winning will bring all the attention he could ever want," said Reitz. "He knows he'll shine more on a winning team, so he works hard to be a leader and team player. The biggest difference between Terrelle from his sophomore year and junior year is that he started to make players around him better. He raises their game with his own."