He'd make a better wideout at least initially.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the nation's No. 1 high school football player, has finally made his college choice.
When Signing Day arrived in February, the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder from Jeannette, Pa., wasn't ready to make his decision.
As time progressed, he knew he was headed to the Big Ten. However, he had yet to decide between Ohio State and Michigan. After much research and discussion, Pryor announced on Wednesday he's going to be a Buckeye.
"It was just the right fit," Pryor told Rivals.com late Tuesday night. "The coaches, the comfort level, the players and the signing class they had. I am very comfortable with all of it, and I became friendly with the other recruits throughout the process.
"But in the end it came down to what was right for me. And after a lot of thinking, talking and consideration, it came down to Ohio State."
Pryor was concerned about early playing time at Ohio State because the Buckeyes boast all-conference quarterback Todd Boeckman, but the overall fit in Columbus just felt better.
Terrelle Pryor finally ended the suspense and announced for Ohio State Wednesday at his high school.
"I can't see myself sitting and not playing, that's the tough part," Pryor said. "I certainly don't want to redshirt. But being brought along a little slowly might be the best thing for me in the long run, and I have to look at that. I'm not sure if being thrown to the wolves and starting from Day One would be best for me. I know college is a big step up and there's a lot to learn."
There has been talk of Pryor being utilized like Tim Tebow was during his freshman year at Florida.
"If that happens, then that's what happens," he said. "I'm going in to compete as hard as I can and we'll see where I fit in. I trust the coaches to use me the best way they can."
Michigan's zone-read offense under Rich Rodriguez was very tempting to Pryor, especially since Rodriguez has had so much success with it at West Virginia. Without Pryor, it doesn't appear the Wolverines have the type of quarterback necessary to run Rodriguez's scheme effectively.
"Michigan is a great school and it was a tough decision," Pryor said. "I like the coaches there. I've known them since they were at West Virginia. I seriously considered them right up until the end, but Ohio State was where I felt it."
Ohio State hasn't typically run a zone-read offense, which was a concern for Pryor. However, after further research, he feels he'll be a better quarterback in the end because of it.
"Troy Smith ran some zone-read stuff early in his career, and then he developed into a pocket passer and did a lot of stuff out of the shotgun," Pryor said. "He became a better quarterback - not just an athlete - by the time he was done. I feel I can do the same. Both schools said they would utilize my athletic ability in the offense, but I think I can be more well-rounded at Ohio State."
Pryor is happy to be done with the decision.
"This has been very tough," he said. "I didn't really like the attention, and it got worse after I didn't decide. But I had to do what was right for me and my family. I'm excited about the decision."
Go Buckeyes. Pryor will look good in scarlet & gray.
Bottom line was no rebuilding year and OSU will prep him for the NFL
Make a better wideout? Don't hold your breath. He'll be a freshman Tebow-like weapon as a frosh, with bigger and better things to come in his sophomore season.
At 6'6" with decent moves, they can throw bubble screens to him all day against Michigan for effect at least until he learns to play QB.
From what I have read he won't even be on the scout team or the sidelines next season. I think he's going to take his time and learn the QB position and maybe we will see him after this next season. Of course this could all change when the season starts. He has to realize going from high school to college football is a big difference in quickness of the game, and how much bigger some kids are.
Stumbled up on this.....I wonder if certain poster's opinions have changed by now?
The Big Ten had three teams finishing in the top ten this year. The Big Ten finally earned the respect they deserve after having an over rated Ohio State team in the previous years. Pryor is a major reason for it as he managed to rally after the Purdue fiasco. Michigan will continue to suck for a while I’m afraid.
The Buckeyes 2010 Preason #2 ranking is in much regard due to Pryor's Rose Bowl Performance.
Rich Rod on the other hand remains a BIG question mark and could be shown the door if he repeats the 2009 performance in 2010.
IMHO Pryor still leaves a LOT to be desired.
Michigan fans who thought Rich Rod's program would take less than 4 years to build didn't realize how bad Carr was leaving the program and how different the spread option is from the old Offense.
"IMHO Pryor still leaves a LOT to be desired."
True, he’s no Tebow, McCoy or Sanchez
He may not be a Tebow, McCoy or Sanchez, but you could see his confidence building over the last few games of the season. It was evident in the Rose bowl he was more comfortable in his passing game, and Tressel showed his confidence in Pryor by letting him throw more.
In the last 3 games Pryor only threw the ball 17 times each game with 0 turnovers against Penn St and Iowa, and only 1 against Michigan. Against Oregon he passed 38 times completing 23 of them with one interception. I expect him to train hard in the off season and come back even better next year.
He also has awesome upper body strength. He face planted a few of Oregon's bigger defenders on a couple of his crucial runs for first downs.
I agree, he's a big tough talented guy. But his own fans gave up on him after Purdue. He rallyed for sure.
A lot of us gave up on Tressel's playcalling, not Pryor.
Since the Purdue game Tressel has turned over the playcalling and the result is it's not as predictable as it was. They're keeping the ball more in Pryor's hands, even while handing it off he's called more audibles. That shows his worth as a leader which is more important than being a QB.
"Since the Purdue game Tressel has turned over the playcalling"
That's good leadership on both parts.
Tressel and his OC still call the plays, but Tressel has final say, so nothing has changed on the play calling field.
He changed his play calling to be more aggressive against Oregon because he knew that's what he had to do to have a chance to beat them.
I disagree frost. The reason being is after the Purdue game the playcalling was more agressive and less predictable. This was all the games after Purdue and before Oregon.
In the Oregon game they just passed more.
I noticed especially in the PSU game that the RB's were running more off tackle and less off guard. Prior to that most runs were up the middle per normal Tressel-ball. The changed came way earlier, people just didn't notice.
I have to disagree also. That's how Tressel coaches and it won't change. He and his OC call the plays but Tressel has final say. This is not saying that Pryor couldn't call an audible if he seen something change on the field, or he could have had some input from the assistant that called in the wrong play during Michigan, the one that was supposed to be a run, but the assistant called in a Screen and it turned into a TD.
PSU,Iowa,and Michigan were all pure Tressel ball. Run the ball, control the clock,avoid turnovers, and let the defense do what they did best this season.