Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Updated: March 19, 12:02 PM ET
Terrelle Pryor timeline
By Henry Gola
Terrelle Pryor's long journey to signing a national letter of intent seems to be coming to an end with his pending decision Wednesday at noon. Ranked as the No.1 quarterback in the Class of 2008, here is how his recruiting process has played out:
Fall 2006: Pryor finishes his junior year passing for 1,732 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushing for 1,676 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ohio State, Rutgers, Penn State and Pittsburgh offer scholarships.
April 2007: By the spring, Pryor has received offers from dozens of the country's major programs.
June 18, 2007: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Pryor trims his list of suitors to 11 schools: Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
Sept. 1, 2007: Pryor runs 57 yards for a score on Jeannette's first play of the year from scrimmage and leads a 60-0 beatdown of Brownsville (Pa.) in the first half.
|So dominant for Jeannette in Pennsylvania Class AA, Pryor rarely played into the second half because of lopsided scores.|
Sept. 21, 2007: Pryor's list of possible destinations shrinks to seven: Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Pittsburgh (a school not included in his previous cut-down).
Oct. 4, 2007: Pryor is charged with disorderly conduct after verbally confronting a man at the Kennywood theme park in West Mifflin, Pa. Pryor said the man inappropriately touched a female friend.
Pryor said, "I just want to apologize to everybody. Maybe I could have handled it differently, but in a way, maybe I should get some acknowledgement for sticking up for a girl who wasn't being treated the right way."
Oct. 27, 2007: Ohio state football coach Jim Tressel and OSU basketball coach Thad Matta are in the house to watch Pryor's regular-season finale. He has a hand in all six Jeannette touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic.
Pryor tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer after the game, "I do that all day, every day. Ev-ery day. Everyday."
Dec. 16, 2007: Pryor throws for a score, runs for three and catches another in Jeannette's 49-21 PIAA Class AA championship win over Dunmore.
He finishes the season passing for 1,889 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushing for 1,889 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Additionally, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports his top five as Ohio State, West Virginia, Florida, Penn State and Oregon, eliminating Texas and Tennessee following David Cutcliffe's departure.
"Now that the season is over, I'll start looking at different programs. That's what I've been waiting for," Pryor tells the paper.
Dec. 17, 2007: Rich Rodriguez's move from West Virginia to Michigan prompts Pryor to eliminate the Mountaineers from consideration and replace them with the Wolverines.
Jan. 5, 2008: Pryor earns MVP honors at the U.S. Army All-American Game, rushing for 79 yards and a touchdown and passing for 76 yards and another score.
"They were bigger and faster, all Division I players on the field," Pryor said. "It was completely different."
A sidebar develops when Pryor reacts to fellow All-American Patrick Johnson committing to LSU during the game.
"Maybe if LSU had recruited me, I would have been with [Patrick]," Pryor said.
Jan. 15, 2008: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Pryor schedules a visit to Oregon. Because of scheduling conflicts with basketball, the visit never happens.
Jan. 25, 2008: ESPN.com announces Pryor will make his decision during ESPNU's national signing day coverage February 6.
|Pryor secured MVP honors at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in leading the East team to a 33-23 victory.|
Jan. 30, 2008: Jeannette quarterbacks coach Roy Hall tells The Plain Dealer he believes Pryor will pick Ohio State.
Hall said, "A lot of things are telling me Ohio State. That's my gut feeling. In San Antonio [at the U.S. Army Bowl], I was there, and everyone he chose to hang out with were the kids from Ohio State and their parents."
Jan. 31, 2008: Pryor wavers on his decision to decide, telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "It's 50-50 that I'll push things back."
Feb. 1, 2008: Pryor expects Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez at his basketball game against East Allegheny. He has already hosted Penn State coach Joe Paterno, LSU coach Les Miles and Oregon coach Mike Bellotti.
Feb. 6, 2008: On national signing day when almost every national letter of intent is inked, Pryor doesn't cancel his news conference. However, in front of a national television audience and a throng of reporters, he announces he needs more time to make his decision.
|Pryor decided not to decide on national signing day.|
"I didn't get enough time to get involved in the recruiting process," Pryor said. "I needed to take more time to be fair to the coaches."
Pryor says he is down to four schools -- Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Oregon.
March 15, 2008: Pryor nets his second Pennsylvania state title in three months, scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds in Jeannette's 76-72 overtime win over Strawberry Mansion.
|A two-sport star, Pryor led Jeannette to a Pennsylvania Class AA boys basketball championship as well.|
He tells The Associated Press after the game, "Next week, I'm going to say the school I'm going to, sign it, and get it over with." He also says he is down to two schools, though he won't specify which ones.
March 18, 2008: Pryor sets a news conference for noon on Wednesday, March 19.
March 19, 2008: Pryor announces he will play his college football at Ohio State.
Henry Gola is an editor for ESPN.com.