Jeannette (Pa.) quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the nation's No. 1 player, added a new school to his short list of potential destinations this week and removed another. He also admitted that the race for his services is a bit more wide open than most think.
"Oregon is now on my list," said the 6-foot-6, 235-pounder. "I spoke with coach Mike Bellotti this week when he came out to visit. I think he was in New York with Dennis Dixon for some award anyhow, but they've been recruiting me hard for a long time and I really like the offense. They run pretty much the same stuff that we do. I'm thinking about taking an official visit out there."
"The quarterback situation out there looks pretty good as well. I don't believe anyone who tells me I'll play from snap one, that's just not the way it works but coach Bellotti never told me that, he was honest and up front."
As Pryor had added Oregon, he has eliminated another program. "Texas is out," he said. "They're just not recruiting me that hard and I don't want to deal with all the Vince Young comparisons. It's not a big deal, they weren't that high on my list to start with but I was a little interested."
Pryor has already taken an official visit to Ohio State and has his visit scheduled to West Virginia for either Jan. 11 or Jan. 18, he's not sure which. Other schools involved include Florida, Tennessee and Penn State.
"They've all been in this week. I think Oregon was in Tuesday and so was Penn State, West Virginia and Tennessee were in Wednesday and I don't remember when Florida and Ohio State were in. It's been crazy, I think I'm losing my mind trying to keep track of it all."
Pryor, whose team is still playing and battles Wilmington Area (New Wilmington, Pa.) this weekend, is looking more closely at the style of offense of each team on his list.
"That concerns me about Ohio State because they've never run an offense like the one we run at my high school or that they run at West Virginia, Florida, Oregon or other places. I'd like to see them run it first so I could believe they'll change it but I'm obviously not going to get to see that so it creates doubt.
"I don't have a leader right now, I'm staying open and I'm not going to decide until Signing Day. I still have some other visits to schedule. I might trip out to Oregon, I am looking at Florida and Tennessee and I've seen Penn State a lot so I'm just focusing on finishing our season undefeated."
Pryor will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be broadcast nationally by NBC with a noon Central time start and covered by Rivals.com.