July 31, 2007
Pryor hangs with fellow five-star
Jeannette, Pa. quarterback Terrelle Pryor is the nation's No. 1 player and he has many suitors. Numerous programs from around the country are wooing Pryor with inventive recruiting pitches. And it's not only coaches recruiting the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder. Pryor recently spent some time with a fellow five-star prospect who could eventually be his teammate.
"I went down to Orlando for an AAU tournament last week and I spent some time with Michael Brewster," said Pryor. "I was thinking about taking an unofficial visit to Florida while I was down there but we just hung out instead."
Brewster, from Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater, is the nation's top offensive lineman and a verbal commitment to Ohio State. Pryor first met Brewster on an unofficial visit to Columbus and the two hit it off.
"We had been texting and he'd been telling me how much he wanted me to join him at Ohio State but we never met," said Pryor. "When I went up to camp at Ohio State we got to know each other. When I knew I was going down to Orlando I told him I was going to be in the area and we got together.
"He and his family came to each of my AAU games which was a bit of a surprise. I guess they postponed their vacation a few days because I was coming down and so they could watch me play. It's flattering that not only Mike but his family would go out of their way for me."
Before leaving, Pryor spent some time at the Brewster household.
"We just hung out a bit, watched some TV and it was cool," he said. "Mike doesn't really talk too much about recruiting and either do I. We're just friends and we'd like to remain friends even if we don't go to the same school."
However, if it's up to Brewster, the duo will be heading to Ohio State together.
"He's a huge part of our class and I told him that I want to be the guy keeping defensive linemen off his back at Ohio State," he said. "Terrelle is a great kid and he's so humble for someone who is so good at both football and basketball and he's the kind of guy I want to play with. I've told him, and so has J.B. Shugarts and Mike Adams that if he becomes a Buckeye that no one will lay a glove on him."
At first, Brewster would give Pryor a sales pitch. Now it's more friendly.
"When I first met Terrelle I was all serious and it was all about selling him on Ohio State," said Brewster. "But after we got to know each other, it's now just a couple of friends talking. He knows how I feel and we don't really talk about recruiting that much. I'll throw in a comment here and there about how good he'd look in OSU colors, but it's become a tight friendship now. He's a great kid."
While most feel that Ohio State is the team to beat for Pryor, the talented quarterback is nowhere close to a decision. He recently took an unofficial visit to West Virginia while at the school for yet another AAU tournament.
"I got to speak to coach Rodriguez and some of the other coaches and took a look around," he said. "That offense is a natural fit for me because it's spread out and they let Pat Hill do a lot of things with his feet and his arm. It's also close to home if I want to stay around here so that could be an advantage.
"I'm going to narrow my list down to about 5 or 6 schools sometime in August and I'm not sure but I think West Virginia will be in there. I know Ohio State will be there because I want to take an official visit back there. I'm not sure where else I want to go though. I don't think I'll be able to take any more unofficial visits this summer so my next trip could be an official."
Pryor rushed for 1,676 yards and 29 scores as a junior while passing for 1,732 yards and 15 more touchdowns. On defense he had 11 interceptions. He is also one of the nation's top basketball prospects and is currently ranked No. 29 in the country.
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