December 18, 2007

Pryor goes out on top

Terrelle Pryor championship gallery

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette (Pa.) High felt more of a sense of relief than anything else after his team's 49-21 win over Dunmore for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AA title Saturday.

For his teammates and coaches, it meant a state title and a 16-0 season. For Pryor, the nation's No. 1 player, it meant living up to immense pressure and expectations.

"It's just a relief, a weight off my chest with all the expectations that people had for me," said Pryor, a 6-foot-6, 235-pounder. "To lead my team to a perfect season, setting state records and mercy-ruling 14 out of 16 of our opponents or something like that, it feels good. It feels good to lead my hard-working coaches and teammates to a title."

In the championship game, Pryor accounted for five of his team's seven touchdowns. He ran for three, threw for one and caught another. Pryor had more than 1,900 yards passing this season, with 23 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He added more than 1,900 yards rushing with 36 more scores. He ended his career with 4,250 rushing yards and 4,249 passing yards.

In his final game, Pryor lined up at wide receiver on a number of occasions and caught his touchdown pass at the end of the first half. The ball was thrown into double coverage, but Pryor simply went up and took the ball away from the defenders. He also assumed kickoff duties - putting one into the end zone for a touchback - and punted.

Despite the perfect season, most of the recent focus on Pryor has been about recruiting. He has added Michigan to his list following the hiring of Rich Rodriguez as the Wolverines coach.

"I've received a lot of calls about that," he said. "It's a big deal for Michigan to get such a great coach, and obviously I was interested in West Virginia mainly because of 'Coach Rod' and his offense. So it makes sense to be interested in Michigan, but I don't have any leader or really any idea where I want to go yet.

"It's gotten more confusing recently, but now that the season is over I can focus on it a little bit more."

Pryor currently lists Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Oregon and Penn State as his five favorites. He recently dropped Tennessee and West Virginia. He has taken only one official visit so far, to Ohio State, but has stated that he wants to take a few more before making a decision.

Terrelle Pryor championship gallery

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