June 28, 2007

Pryor talks OSU visit

The nation's No. 1 player, Jeannette, Pa. quarterback Terrelle Pryor, took a much-anticipated unofficial visit to Ohio State to take part in the Senior Advanced Camp. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder enjoyed his trip and is getting ready to cut down his list of schools.

"It was a good trip, I was really impressed with it," he said. "It was my first time to Ohio State and it was cool. The stadium and facilties are great there and I got to work with the coaches a bit and I hit it off with them. It was good to work with coach Daniels, he showed me a few things. And I got to meet a lot of people."

Pryor got to meet former OSU greats Troy Smith and Orlando Pace as well as ESPN College Gameday Analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

"They were all cool, we just talked about a bunch of things but there was no OSU pressure," he said. "Kirk Herbstreit talked about how big a decision this was for me and how he's followed me online when it comes to recruiting. Orlando Pace is massive, that guy is huge. He was a good guy and we talked for a little while. And Troy Smith we talked about regular stuff, nothing about Ohio State. I was hoping to talk to him more about OSU but I had to take off early."

And there were plenty of current OSU commits on hand to nudge the five-star prospect.

"They were actually pretty good about it," he said. "There wasn't any pressure, just getting to know everyone. J.B. Shugarts, Mike Adams, Michael Brewster, DeVier Posey and Jake Stoneburner were there. There was also a running back from 2008 there, but I don't know if he was committed or not. I've been in touch with most of these guys so I already knew them."

Pryor is hoping to narrow down his list from the current 11 -- Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia -- to a more manageable 5 or 6 teams.

"It's hard to do though because the only schools I've visited on my list are Penn State and Ohio State," he said. "I'm hoping to get to see a few other schools this summer so that should help. I want to get down to Florida for a day or two soon and maybe see a couple others."

Pryor has an idea in his head as to which schools are most likely to get cut but he doesn't want to go public with that just yet. He is sure of one school that will be a finalist.

"Ohio State will be in there," he said. "I was very impressed and I want to get back there to see it again."

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