Pryor’s Guardian Says He Will Stay at Ohio State
By Brandon Castel
Despite reports to the contrary, Terrelle Pryor will attempt to finish his playing career at Ohio State, his godfather and legal guardian told the Associated Press Friday.
The star quarterback out of Jeannette, Pa. is being investigated the NCAA and his own university for potential violations involving vehicles and equipment, but Willie Burns said he does not think Pryor will leave Columbus for the NFL until after his senior season.
The 6-6, 230-pound Pryor is entering his fourth season with the Buckeyes. He has been the team’s starting quarterback since his fourth game at Ohio State, but he will miss the first five games of his senior season while serving an NCAA-imposed suspension.
Pryor admitted to selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and 2008 pair of Gold Pants for beating Michigan to Edward Rife, the owner of Fine Line Tattoo parlor in Columbus.
In the latest Sports Illustrated article on Ohio State and now former head coach Jim Tressel, a source who supposedly worked for Rife also alleges that Pryor sold and/or traded “more than 20 items,” including game-worn shoulder pads, multiple helmets, Nike cleats, jerseys and game-worn pants.
Pryor has also come under criticism for his flashy cars, including a recently-purchased Nissan 350Z, which he apparently was driving with a suspended license. Pryor’s lawyer, Larry James, called the SI article “90 percent wrong” and said that Pryor is no longer driving with a suspended license.
He could declare for the NFL’s supplemental draft in July, but Burns, who Pryor lived with while he was in high school, believes he would only take that route “if somebody pressures his butt bad.”
The former No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2008 has thrown for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns in his OSU career. He has also rushed for 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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