Pryor apparently leaning toward Buckeyes
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Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor plans to announce his college choice Wednesday and indications are it will be Ohio State.
A few of Pryor's friends and acquaintances told the Post-Gazette Ohio State is Pryor's top choice. One unnamed source said Pryor told him recently he would sign with Ohio State.
Pryor, though, has said he has not made up his mind. He will announce Wednesday at noon and said Monday his three finalists are Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. He also said he will not reveal his choice to anyone until a noon news conference that will be carried live by ESPNU and CSTV.
Trinity senior linebacker Andrew Sweat, an Ohio State recruit, and two other Buckeye recruits met with Pryor a week-and-half ago in Jeannette. Sweat believes Pryor will choose Ohio State.
"He didn't tell me he was committed, but he sounded like he was going to Ohio State," Sweat said.
Sweat and linemen J.B. Shugarts of Klein, Texas, and Mike Brewster of Orlando, Fla., attended Pryor's basketball game Jan. 26, and had pizza with Pryor after the game. Shugarts and Brewster are already enrolled at Ohio State, and Sweat will enroll in March.
"He said some pretty strong stuff about Ohio State. He said how he's just comfortable there and he really likes coach [Jim] Tressel," Sweat said. "You never know, but I'd be shocked if he didn't sign with Ohio State."
Sweat said Ohio State's coaches believe they will get Pryor. Last Friday, Tressel was at Gateway and Montour high schools recruiting junior players. Gateway coach Terry Smith and Montour coach Lou Cerro said Tressel sounded confident about landing Pryor.
Sweat will enroll at Ohio State in March. This past November, Pryor told the Post-Gazette there was a good chance he would enroll in college in March. Unlike Michigan and Penn State, Ohio State's academic calendar is in quarters. The spring quarter at Ohio State begins March 24, one week after the finish of high school basketball in Pennsylvania.
Mike White can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1975.
First Published February 5, 2008 2:56 pm