June 19, 2007

Gateway news and notes

MONROEVILLE, Pa. - The Gateway Gators passing camp this past weekend in Monroeville, Pa. showcased plenty of 2008 and 2009 talent. While Terrelle Pryor was clearly the headliner, there were others to keep an eye on. Here are some news and notes from the event....

-- In talking to Pryor, I get the feeling that Ohio State is going to be tough to beat. Penn State has been rumored to be the Buckeyes closest competition, but that might not be the case. Pryor wants to play in front of a big crowd and he likes the atmosphere at PSU, but they don't offer the same level of basketball as others and he's concerned about the offense. Michigan could be one to watch in this race. Pryor's cousin is 2007 signee Toney Clemons.

-- Pryor mentioned that he's in contact with OSU commitments Michael Brewster, J.B. Shugarts and others. He also said that West Virginia commitment Josh Jenkins is trying to recruit him to West Virginia, an interesting twist to the rumors that Jenkins is considering de-committing from WVU for Ohio State.

-- A tough decision lay ahead for Pryor and other top players in the country and an ugly tug-of-war could be beginning. Pryor has been invited to both the U.S. Army All American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex. and the ESPN All American Game to be held in Orlando, Fla. The Army Bowl has been around for years and boasts alumni like Vince Young, Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson and Ted Ginn while ESPN's bowl is in its first year. Pryor said he is leaning towards the Army Bowl because it's been a dream of his growing up, but this off-the-field recruiting won't end soon.

-- Pryor thinks he should be ranked higher in basketball and can't understand how he dropped out of the top 10 on many lists. He had committed to Pitt to play basketball but when he began talking about signing for football and playing both, his ranking seemed to drop. He's confident (not cocky) that he's the best player in the country at both sports and hopes to prove it.

-- Gateway's Shaye Hale didn't participate in the tournament because of a slight knee injury. Hale looks slightly bigger than he did at the NIKE Camp more than a month ago and he could certainly play either linebacker or defensive end at the next level.

-- Cameron Saddler from Gateway is very strong for his size and is a vocal leader for the Gators. He and Hale are cousins and the duo could be end up at the same school. Hale favors Michigan, Ohio State and Florida and the only school in that trio to offer Saddler is Michigan. But keep an eye on West Virginia as both Hale and Saddler were impressed on a recent visit.

-- Brashear has some impressive athletes. Cornerback Quamane Bryant is undersized but he was the best cover corner at the event. Wide receiver Ed Tinker is strong off the ball and runs excellent routes and safety/quarterback Jermaine Robinson is a leader with good instincts. Robinson will play safety at West Virginia.

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