Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pryor going to Ohio State

It's about time Terrelle

It's official, (we hope), Terrelle Pryor announced this morning that he will attend "The University of Ohio State," no I am not kidding that is what he said at his press conference. Come on TP if you are going to have two press conferences about your college choice at least get the name right! The Post Gazette's Mike White gives us all the details.

I am not much of a college football fan so I didn't really get that excited about the whole Terrell Pryor thing, but I will officially say that I am glad he isn't going to Michigan. I am not a fan of Rich Rodriguez and I am glad he didn't get his hands on Pryor. Prior to the press conference this morning I had a day dream where Pryor was playing hoops for Duquesne, now that put a smile on my face.

2005 super recruit Ryan Perrilloux is proof that being a big name recruit doesn't guarantee success.

Pryor mania reminds me of one time heralded recruit Ryan Perrilloux. Perrilloux was an African American can't miss QB prospect out of Louisiana. Some recruiting experts called him the most dangerous offensive weapon in the nation, noting his strong arm, quick release and pinpoint accuracy. He won the 2004 Hall Trophy as the nation's most outstanding high school football player and was named “Offensive Player of the Year” by USA Today. He was also named National Offensive Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio, Louisiana's Mr. Football and Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year as well as a Parade All-American. Perrilloux got invited to the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp as well as to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. All of the SEC schools were selling their soul for a shot at this kid. Perrilloux gave a verbal to Texas but eventually backed out of his verbal and committed to LSU.

2005 season: redshirted

2006 season: played sparingly behind JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn

2007 season: Perrilloux was suspended by head coach Les Miles to start the season, started 2 games and then was suspended again for violating team rules.

In short, stud recruits don't always pan out and Terrelle Pryor has a lot of work to do before he earns playing time on a very talented OSU squad. If things don't work out at OSU I am sure Duquesne can find room for Pryor on their hoops squad...


Matt said...

I only hope he can get his act together at OSU. Given the recent problems he's had as a member of the basketball team (and that's not the first incident, just the only one I found a good link for), it would seem as though he has a bit of maturing to do before he can lead a Big Ten powerhouse, or any Division I team for that matter.

The Chief said...

As you know my feelings towards Ohio State, I'm OK with this kid "disrespecting" the school. OSU sucks and nothing can change that - not even Pryor!