High School Notebook: Pryor has choice of colleges, sports
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College basketball coaches are pulling Jeannette's Terrelle Pryor from one side. College football coaches are tugging from the other.
Pryor is willing to compromise. He now hopes to play both sports in college.
Pryor, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound Jeannette junior, already has Division I scholarship offers in both sports. This tells you about his football potential: Ohio State offered him a scholarship last week. Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia also have offered, while Michigan and Notre Dame are starting to show interest. Pryor plays quarterback and safety.
"I think I'm going to play both in college," Pryor said. "I want to get to a school that will let me do both."
This thinking is a change from Pryor's sophomore year when he said his future was just basketball. A guard-forward, he made a verbal commitment to Pitt in January for basketball. A few months later, he changed his mind about his decision and opened up his recruiting again. Some scouting services rank him among the top 30 juniors in the country for basketball.
Playing both sports is a challenge -- physically and academically -- at the Division I level.
"I think I could do both," Pryor said.
Said Jeannette football coach Ray Reitz: "I think it's a possibility that he could play both. I know some of the schools talking to him say they'll let him play both, but it's a tough thing to do. I think maybe down the road, at some point, he might have to make a choice."
But Pryor seems to have the athleticism to play both.
"The kid is special. He has a gift from God," Reitz said. "I timed him in the 40 this summer and he ran a 4.47 with his shoes untied."
Pryor played linebacker-defensive end as a sophomore but moved to the secondary this season.
"I feel a lot more comfortable in football now," he said.
Geibel will play
Geibel football coach Angelo Dippolito says don't believe the rumors. Geibel, a Class A Catholic school in Connellsville, is not folding its football program.
The Gators are 0-3 this season and have been outscored, 154-37. They started the season with only 22 players and are down to 19 because of injuries.
"All the kids are still showing up and they're all trying hard," said Dippolito. "No one has given me an indication we won't have a program. It's been a thought and it's been discussed among different people. But as long as we don't get that many more kids hurt, we'll be OK."
Geibel has struggled mightily in football the past decade. The Gators won more than one game only once in the previous 10 seasons. Their record since 1996 is 7-88. The last time Geibel finished above .500 was 1991, when the Gators were 9-3. They were undefeated in the regular season in 1990.
"The thing is, football might be suffering, but a lot of our other sports are doing well," Dippolito said. "Our baseball team was in the WPIAL playoffs last year. Our girls' volleyball team won the WPIAL title last year. Other sports have been successful.
"But football is a little different sport. You have to put a lot of time into football. It's pretty demanding. We'll do what he we have to do to survive."
Maybe opponents of Gateway and Greensburg Central Catholic will learn -- don't kick the ball to Cameron Saddler or Max Suter.
Saddler, a junior, has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in all three Gateway games. His kickoff return statistics are impressive, averaging 43.8 yards on 11 returns.
Suter, a senior at Greensburg Central Catholic and a Syracuse recruit, has averaged 40 yards on four punt returns and 75 yards on two kickoff returns.
From NFL to high school
Sam Wyche was an NFL head coach for 12 seasons and took the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl once. Now he's a volunteer offensive coordinator at Pickens High School in South Carolina. Wyche, 61, is fighting heart and other health problems, and most recently coached in the NFL a few years ago as the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach.
First Published September 22, 2006 12:00 am