Chip Kelly: Pryor the one who got away

Pryor: 'We're gonna get a lot more wins, I guarantee that'

Chip Kelly: Pryor the one who got away
October 31, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Terrelle Pryor has completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 1,149 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions this year. (USATSI)

John Gonzalez

People have chased after Terrelle Pryor his whole life. Chip Kelly was one of them once.

Before Pryor was an elusive quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, he was an elusive quarterback for Ohio State. And before that, Pryor was an elusive quarterback at Jeannette High School in Pennsylvania. That’s when Kelly went after him, hoping to move him to the Pacific Northwest to make him an elusive quarterback for Oregon.

“Actually tried to recruit Terrelle in high school, never got a chance to get him to come out and visit, but I knew him pretty well,” Kelly said. “I was in Jeannette about four or five times watching him play.”

Makes sense. The most interesting part of the story? Kelly went out to see Pryor play basketball for Jeannette High.

“Tremendous athlete,” Kelly said. “I think the first thing that will strike you when you see him is just actually how big he is. ... But when you see him you look like you're looking at a defensive end. There's two guys that I've had an opportunity to coach against, Cam Newton and Terrelle Pryor, that are that -- that when you look at them they're kind of like an NBA power forward, but they can run, and that's kind of the thing that jumps out at you is his athleticism. I think he's really come along as a quarterback.”