Terrelle Pryor Leaves Ohio State, What's His Next Move?
It was reported today that quarterback Terrelle Pryor will not return for his senior season at Ohio State.
Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Doug Lesmerises broke the story via twitter, which comes as no shock to anyone considering the turmoil surrounding the school.
If Pryor would have returned to Ohio State, he would have been suspended for the first five games so by leaving early he is not missing out on much.
Returning Not an Option
A few weeks ago Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel stepped down amid allegations that his players received improper benefits.
Pryor is one of the players in question and now with the investigation focused on the mobile quarterback, it seemed like only a matter of time before he made this announcement.
Pryor has not had a press conference to announce his reasons for leaving and he has not made his future plans clear.
Unfortunately for Pryor with the NFL draft completed, his options are limited.
Head North Young Man
Pryor could always head north to play in the Canadian Football League.
Some of the best players in the NFL have played in Canada at one time or another, and it would be a good proving ground for the young quarterback.
If he has some success north of the border, it could pave a path to the NFL and a big paycheck.
NFL a Long Shot?
Pryor could hire a personal trainer and stay in shape and hope for a waiver that would allow him to be selected in the supplemental NFL draft.
With the current state of the NFL, this could be a problem.
The NFL may not have a 2011 season and if they do it could start late and that could cancel any plans for a supplemental draft.
The NFL is always in the market for quarterbacks and although he may not make it at the next level, teams will take a look at him.
With limited options, Pryor could walk away from football.
Walking away from the game seems like the most unlikely move for Pryor.
Right now his legacy is tainted and succeeding in the NFL would allow him to forget about his past. Pryor has a big uphill climb and will have to work hard to make it to the next level to prove his critics wrong.
Buckeye No More
With a pending NCAA investigation and the world seemingly against him, Pryor will have his work cut out for him.
His immediate future is uncertain, but there is one thing that is very clear, Terrelle Pryor is no longer a Buckeye.
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