Terrelle Pryor's Recruiting Diary: Steelers' Batch will join Pryor on recruiting trips
Friday, January 11, 2008
Jeannette High School quarterback/defensive back Terrelle Pryor is ranked the No. 1 player in the country by several scouting services and is being recruited by colleges nationwide. Until he makes a college decision, the Post-Gazette periodically will run a diary from Pryor, as told to staff writer Mike White.

I am probably going to take three recruiting visits this month and I will be taking [Steelers quarterback] Charlie Batch with me to all of them.

I've known Charlie for a couple years. His brother dates my aunt. Charlie is kind of part of my family now. We talk. I asked him if he would want to go on my visits, and he said sure.

He'll just help me because he's been through this recruiting process before. Just from talking to him, I trust him a lot. When I go on these visits, I think he'll know who's telling the truth just by sitting there and listening.

I'm going to visit Michigan the weekend of Feb. 1. I'll probably go to Penn State the weekend of Jan. 18. I think I might try to go to Florida some time, too.

I've already been to Ohio State. I'm looking at Oregon, but I probably won't visit them.

I still don't plan on making a decision until signing day (Feb. 6).

Ever since coach [Rich] Rodriguez came to Michigan, I've had them high on my list.

I know [quarterback] Ryan Mallett is transferring from Michigan, and I know their top two receivers [Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington] are going into the NFL draft. But that doesn't really mean anything to me. I'm going to go where I can feel comfortable.

Michigan's coaches have told me that if I come there, I would have a good chance to start. But no matter where I go, there is going to be competition.

I expect the recruiting to get crazy in the next few weeks, just with coaches calling and other people trying to find out things.

I think playing in the All-American Bowl game [in San Antonio] last week was worth it. I didn't think I had anything to prove down there. I was just out there having fun.

(Pryor was the MVP of the game.)

[Aliquippa's] Jonathan Baldwin was my roommate, but I wasn't in the room a lot, so I didn't really talk to him.

ESPN The Magazine did an article on me last week. I wasn't too happy about it. A lot of things they wrote about my parents aren't true. I don't know where they got some of their information.

I know I'll have some words for the dude that wrote it, if I ever get to talk to him.

Basketball season is starting to move along. It looks Beaver Falls might be the best [Class AA] team in the state so far. They beat us, but we're looking to play them again.

I'm not there yet in basketball. I still have to get my jumper going and get my conditioning up.

First published on January 11, 2008 at 12:00 am