Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Poll Results:

The results of last week's polls were quite interesting. The winners in the voting for the biggest McDonald's All-American Game snub were West Virginia-bound Kevin Jones and future Ohio St. Buckeye Terrelle Pryor, both finishing with eight of the 32 votes. Behind those two were soon-to-be Memphis Tiger Angel Garcia and Florida-signee Eloy Vargas, each of whom had five votes. Behind those two was the option of "Other," which received three selections. Ty Walker (Wake Forest), J'Mison Morgan (LSU), and Kenny Kadji (Florida) all got one vote apiece. DeAndre Liggins, who will play for the Kentucky Wildcats next year, was shut out in the voting. Pryor and Jones were intriguing selections, as it shows that people believe in the hype about the two. Jones was one of the best unsigned players heading into the early signing period, and his selection of Bob Higgins' squad made a lot of noise. Also, playing in New York can't really hurt a player when it comes to getting publicity. Terrelle Pryor was widely regarded as the best football player in America, and was the consensus number one quarterback. In addition to that, Pryor's hoops game is absolutely phenomenal, and he actually committed to Pitt a few years, before his football stock blew up. He was also a hot commodity at the signing period, though it was football's signing period for this superstar. The road leading up to Pryor's selection of Ohio St. was heavily publicized and the quarterback/forward got a tremendous amount of national attention from both the basketball and football worlds. Again, the voting for the biggest McDonald's Game snub ended with Kevin Jones and Terrelle Pryor finishing in a tie.
The other poll was specifically about Terrelle Pryor, asking what sports you felt he should play in college. Only two of you felt that he should just play hoops at OSU, while nine said Pryor should stick to football, while 11 people selected the option of Pryor being a dual-sport athlete, playing both basketball and football for the Buckeyes. It appears that Terrelle will give up basketball to focus on the gridiron, so although 13 of the 22 votes were for him playing either both sports or just b-ball, Pryor will likely just toss around the pigskin. It's unfortunate that we probably won't see this star don a basketball uniform in college, but all you NCAA football fans should get ready for the next great Big 10 quarterback.

Note- photo of Terrelle Pryor playing football is from http://internetservices.readingeagle.com/blog/drago/
Note- photo of Terrelle Pryor playing basketball is from http://pghsports.com/

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