redsbengalsbucks Posted January 23, 2008 Report Share Posted January 23, 2008 Here is an interesting read from the Detroit press."JAMES JAHNKE: Why nation's No. 1 recruit Terrelle Pryor should pick Ohio State over MichiganJanuary 10, 2008BY JAMES JAHNKEFREE PRESS SPORTS WRITERIf Terrelle Pryor, perhaps the No. 1 football recruit in the country, wants to start as a freshman, he should go to Michigan. There's no doubt about that.He's a quarterback in the mold of Vince Young, tall and mobile. Given the depleted state of the Wolverines' depth chart, the Jeannette, Pa., product would be the first-stringer the moment he signed on the dotted line. But if his ultimate designs are on the NFL – and whose aren't at that age? – he should go to Ohio State. There, he won't be thrown to the wolves before he's ready.There, he'll have to earn his position. And there, he'll better learn how to be an NFL signal caller. Rich Rodriguez's zone-read offense is tailor-made for Pryor. But what will that do for him at the next level? West Virginia quarterback Pat White – Rodriguez's former pupil -- is a terrific college player, but his best bet for an NFL future is as a cornerback or kick returner. Granted, Pryor has better physical tools than White. But NFL teams will be skeptical of a QB coming out of a zone-read offense, no matter how talented he is. Ohio State certainly would add some zone-read facets to its offense to best utilize Pryor, but the Buckeyes likely would fold those into a more well-rounded scheme – incorporating the traditional play-action and downfield passing attacks -- similar to what Texas did when it had Young. It's critical that NFL evaluators see some drop-back passing on film. How often does White drop back at West Virginia? Exactly.The other advantage for a quarterback avoiding a straight-up zone-read offense is longevity. Every time Pryor runs the ball, he risks blowing out his knee. He would, of course, also run at OSU, but not as much as at U-M. You can get hurt in the pocket, too, but it's much safer in there than out on the edge, trying to juke safeties and linebackers diving at your legs every play. The final point in the Buckeyes' favor is the trusted theory that quarterbacks, like offensive linemen, are best served by easing into the lineup. How did Jimmy Clausen look at Notre Dame this year? And Ryan Mallett at U-M? They were the consensus top two freshman QBs in the country, and Pryor could face a similar situation if he starts from day one at U-M next season. If he were to attend OSU, he'd probably back up incumbent Todd Boeckman next fall, playing a series here and there and causing havoc in the red zone. Then, after Boeckman graduates, the offense is all his in 2009. Sound like Tim Tebow's career to anyone? We won't even get into the fact that Pryor is tight with most of OSU's verbal commitments – they stuck a Buckeye sticker on his helmet at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last weekend, and he didn't take it off. This will be mostly a business decision for Pryor. If he wants to start right away, it's Ann Arbor. But if he wants to groom himself for an NFL future – and know what it's like to win the last game of the regular season – it's Columbus." http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...9116/1046/ENT07 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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