Pryor's announcement: There is no announcement
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Terrelle Pryor conducted a news conference this afternoon to announce ... well, no news.
Pryor, the all-everything quarterback at Jeannette High School, said he had picked a college, but after a talk with his father Tuesday, he decided to put off his decision. He was originally going to announce his decision at the news conference.
Today is the first day high school players can sign a binding national letter-of-intent with a college. It was thought Ohio State and Michigan were his leaders, and a number of Pryor's friends and acquaintances told the Post-Gazette that Ohio State was going to be his choice.
But Pryor acknowledged Penn State has risen in his eyes recently. His father also likes Penn State.
"Me and my Dad had a battle of differences," Pryor said. "He had a different mind and I had a different mind. He just made me think. He just wants me to go over it and think twice.
"He likes a couple schools. But not the school I was thinking."
Pryor said he has no timetable on when he will make a decision. He plans on making a visit to Penn State in the near future, but not this weekend because he will attend an awards banquet in Atlanta. After saying Monday and this morning that Oregon was out of it, he said at the news conference that Oregon is still in the race. He also said he would probably visit Oregon.
Pryor said he wants to look more seriously at Penn State. Pryor also said his father doesn't see "the trust" in some of the coaches recruiting him that he sees in Penn State.
At the news conference, Pryor sat at a table in Jeannette's gymnasium in front of a throng of 50 media personnel. His mother sat on one side of him. His coach, Ray Reitz, and Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch also sat on the other side. Batch has been advising Pryor thoughout the recruiting process.
"I want to visit Penn State," Pryor said. "Whenever I get the feeling [on a favorite college], I'll do it. I haven't got that feeling yet."
Pryor said Penn State assistant coaches Tom Bradley and Jay Paterno have dealt more with his parents than any other school. "My dad loves [Bradley]," Pryor said with a laugh.
"Penn State has done a lot. They showed up a lot more. They recruited me a lot more. They've sent pages upon pages of handwritten letters."
In the fall, Pryor had questioned Penn State's offensive style. Last week, Penn State coach Joe Paterno, Bradley and Jay Paterno all visited with Pryor at Jeannette. They also visited with his parents.
"I just didn't know about their offense because I never had a meeting with their coach," Pryor said. "I didn't know what they were about. I thought it was just a power offense. It's not."
ESPNU and CSTV aired Pryor's news conference live. Newspaper reporters from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan attended the news conference.
When asked this morning why he was still having the news conference, Pryor said, "My principal still wants me to do it because everyone drove here. I know there are going to be a lot of questions why.
"People don't realize how many games I played with football and basketball. I've never had time to think. When I do have time to think, it's going to be a no-brainer."
When asked whether media officials would be upset that there was no college decision, Pryor said, "I didn't tell them I was [definitely] signing. They decided to come. So it's on them. This isn't their decision. It's mine."
First Published February 6, 2008 8:48 am