Pryor leaning toward Ohio State
Top recruit will likely pick Buckeyes over Michigan
Posted: Monday February 4, 2008 3:23PM; Updated: Monday February 4, 2008 3:47PM
One of the most eagerly-anticipated high-school football recruiting battles in years will likely end on Wednesday at noon in the Jeannette (Pa.) High gymnasium. That's where Terrelle Pryor, an all-purpose, all-state quarterback is "80-90 percent sure" he will announce his college decision at a nationally televised news conference. Pryor had considered delaying his decision until after Signing Day, but has apparently changed his mind.
Sources believe that Pryor is leaning toward Ohio State, which had been the early favorite of the western Pennsylvania star with 4.4 speed. But there has also been much speculation that Pryor, whose 8,499 career yards were almost equally divided between passing and running, would choose Michigan and the spread-offense philosophy of new coach Rich Rodriguez.
Oregon was also attractive to Pryor, but he never made an official visit there, partly because he was so busy with basketball. (He's an all-state forward, a 6-foot-6 forward with supreme athleticism.) Pryor told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Monday that he was going to call Oregon and tell coaches that the Ducks were out of the picture.
Penn State was also a serious suitor, but in the end the decision came down to Ohio State or Michigan. The battle for Pryor has been the story this recruiting season and the way he keeps changing his mind, it may not be over. But right now, the best guess is that the Buckeyes have won.