And so ends the wildest recruitment in at least my few years of following the practice with even tangential interest. Opting not to draw out the process any further, Terelle Pryor pulled the trigger for the Buckeyes, making Jim Tressel — on vacation — an even happier fellow. What follows here is just the obligatory post on the matter that most Buckeye blogs should be doing by now.
You can of course imagine how well this is flying in other parts of the blogosphere — chiefly Penn State and Michigan blogs — who were also in the running for Pryor’s services. NittanyWhiteOut is suggesting that this in some way stems from offering his friend and football/basketball teammate Jordan Hall a scholarship on junior day, even though the Buckeyes did not offer Hall and previous reports on the issue were incorrect. RUTS is hinting at the scandalous allegations made earlier about a Corvette that I thought we already covered. I can’t imagine Penn State fans would be too thrilled either about a team that’s run wild over the conference for the past 3 years getting that much more explosive. To be fair, I think I would be upset too to have come so close to signing such a great athlete only to have Penn State swoop in and snatch him from our grasps. That said, I should stress that in all things science and writing, verification is a virtue.
The real story, I think, is not necessarily Pryor not committing to a place he thought was “too country”, but instead how RichRod is now 0 for 2 on QB targets. Earlier in the month, ’09 product Russell Shepard — who I think in important ways might be a better looking prospect than Pryor if for arm strength and coverage reading abilities — committed to Louisiana State. Now, Pryor turned down the promise of immediate playing time for a coach whose offensive philosophy is tailor-made for his strengths in order to play for the dull-as-dishwater Buckeyes. Ouchies. I’m sure Michigan will be fine in due time, and I’m sure, in fairness to RichRod and the Wolvereenies, that they can make the most of what they have as he was able to do at Clemson for a year, but still… ouch.
For the meantime, though, all regards to Terrelle Pryor and his family for becoming part of the Buckeye family.
Even if it means me having more work to do on the Better Know A Buckeye series.