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Highly-touted QB Pryor heading to Ohio State
Kurt Hornsby
| March 19, 2008
After months of wait and speculation, Terrelle Pryor is headed to Ohio State, presumably to back up last year's starter Todd Boeckman. I may be a tad biased speaking as a Buckeyes fan, but I think that this was the best decision that Pryor could have made. At OSU, he will have time to settle in to college life as well as collegiate football, and he'll have one of the best mentors around to aid in that process in head coach Jim Tressel. Experts (and I) expect the Bucks to use Pryor much like Florida used Tim Tebow his freshman year, which is primarily as a runner in certain situations. Meanwhile, during practice, Pryor will have a chance to hone his passing skills, which need work. We all know the guy is a phenomenal athlete, but he has yet to establish himself as a legitimate passer. Had Pryor gone to Michigan, which was his second choice, he would have been thrown to the wolves from Day 1, seeing as the Wolverines currently are without a QB who fits new coach Rich Rodriguez's zone-read offense. For a guy with still a bunch to learn, Ohio State presented a better atmosphere in which to do it. After all, Michigan also lost its best receivers, so he wouldn't have had great talents to throw to. Furthermore, OSU just signed three of the top offensive linemen recruits in the country, so Pryor should have time to throw from the pocket once he finally does take over as the unquestioned starter. From OSU's perspective, not only did they nab the #1 QB recruit in the country, they prevented him from going to Michigan, which should give them a huge edge over their bitter rivals at least for a few years. Also, Pryor is flirting with the idea of playing hoops as well, which has Buckeye fans everywhere salivating. I expect that he'll end up focusing on footballl, which is where his future appears brightest and where the big money is awaiting him down the line. When it's all said and done, Pryor could end up being a huge bust, as it's never a sure-fire thing when we see an athlete transition to the collegiate ranks. But he's given himself a better chance at Ohio State than he would have gotten elsewhere, and he could get them over the hump for another national title before long.
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Adam Agata from WVBR | March 19, 2008, 8:13pm
Ben Olson, Marcus Vick, Kyle Wright, Rhett Bomar, and Xavier Lee sound familiar? These are top QB recruits from that did not develop into good QBs. I am not writing Pryor off, but its too unpredictable, and that I am not writing Umich off for not signing him.
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