|Top recruit Terrelle Pryor says he's not choosing a college on signing day|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2008 07:25|
The Associated Press sent Pryor a text message a few hours before he was to address the media at Jeannette (Pa.) High School, asking if he would announce where he will attend college.
``No, I'm not,'' Pryor replied in a text message to the AP.
Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, a family friend and recruiting adviser, said Pryor simply is not ready to make a decision.
``I told him, `Don't make a decision under duress because everybody wants you to,' and I don't fault him for delaying it,'' Batch told the AP. ``Just because it's the first day, it doesn't mean he has to sign today.''
to home and a hectic schedule has led to his delayed decision. Oregon, LSU and Florida were possible destinations for him and might get back in the running for his talents now.
The 6-foot-6 Pryor is rated as the No. 1 recruit at any position by Rivals.com and Scout.com, 16th by Takkle.com and was the MVP last month in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.
Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell, who expected Pryor to choose Ohio State, said it is not unprecedented for football recruits to delay signing a national letter of intent.
He cited the case of Vidal Hazelton, who ``carried it out for three weeks, choosing between USC and Penn State, before signing with USC two years ago.''
However, Farrell said, ``I don't remember the last No. 1 player to not make a decision on signing day.''
Batch said logistics led to Pryor's decision.
``His basketball schedule has prevented him from making more visits than to Michigan and Ohio State,'' Batch said. ``Now, he's a week away from knowing exactly when and where he will be playing (playoff) basketball.
``He wants to give Penn State and maybe a couple other schools a fair shot by making a visit before he makes a decision that is going to affect him for the rest of his life.''