Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has a traveling fan club. About 20 people from Jeannette, most dressed in Jeannette blue and red, were tailgating in a parking lot off Woody Hayes Drive before the Ohio State-Purdue game last Saturday. They came to cheer on their favorite son who is quickly becoming a household name in college football.
Roy Hall, the quarterbacks coach at Jeannette High, was one of them. He tries to make it to most of the Ohio State home games. I mentioned how many Ohio State Pryor jerseys I saw around the stadium, and he relayed a funny story. Jeannette played Washington High earlier this season. One of the Washington players was hurt and watched the game in street clothes from the sideline. But he didn’t wear his high school jersey. He wore an Ohio State Pryor jersey.
Hall said he is not surprised that Pryor is starting so soon for the Buckeyes. He said Jeannette coach Ray Reitz predicted he would be the starter before the season started.
Willie Burns, Pryor’s godfather, also attended the game. Pryor lived with Burns from the time he was a freshman at Jeannette until he graduated in June. Burns speaks with Pryor once or twice a week, and they text messages back and forth.
I asked Burns if Pryor is looking forward to the Penn State game in two weeks. (Pryor chose Ohio State over Penn State and Michigan). Burns told me Pryor is looking forward to the Michigan game more.
Here is a link to the story on Pryor that appears in today’s paper.