September 21, 2007

Pryor names final six

Jeannette, Pa. quarterback Terrelle Pryor named his final six schools on Thursday night, an unexpected timeframe for such a cut. Who makes the list and who got dropped?

"It was just time to do it, it felt like I should narrow things down," said Pryor. "I talked it over with family and my coach and I feel good about it. I wanted to get it down to five but I just couldn't get that far so it's six."

So who made the cut?

"Ohio State, West Virginia, Texas, Florida, Tennessee and Penn State," he said. "I've done some research and I've tried to find schools where I think I could fit in the offense."

Pryor has an official visit scheduled to Ohio State for the weekend of Nov. 2 and will take an official visit to West Virginia sometime during or after the season. Now it appears his other three officials will be to Texas, Florida and Tennessee, although nothing is set yet.

"I've been to Penn State a lot and I can go there anytime since it's close so I don't know if I need an official visit there," he said. "I know I'll need to see the others because I've never been to any of them. The plan is still to take all five official visits and decide on Signing Day."

With his cut, Pryor has eliminated Alabama, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Southern Cal from his list. None of them could be deemed as surprises.

"I just didn't feel it for those schools for different reasons. Some didn't have the offense I liked, others wanted me as a wide receiver or athlete and it just didn't work out. I'm glad I cut the list down so I can focus on the schools left and I'm not wasting anyone else's time."

Last Friday, Pryor led his team to a 53-0 win over Yough on ESPNU. The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder rushed for 124 yards on nine carries and completed 7 of 11 passes for 109 yards. Pryor threw for a touchdown, ran for another and forced two fumbles on defense.

"I thought I played okay," he said. "In games we feel we're going to win I don't get to do as much so I'm looking forward to playing some of our bigger games to really show what I can do."

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