One interesting comment from Terrelle Pryor regarding his choice of Ohio State over Michigan:
Michigan’s zone-read offense under Rich Rodriguez was tempting to Pryor, especially since Rodriguez has had so much success with it at West Virginia…
… Ohio State hasn’t typically run a zone-read offense, which was a concern for Pryor. However, after further research, he feels he’ll be a better quarterback in the end because of it.
“Troy Smith ran some zone-read stuff early in his career, and then he developed into a pocket passer and did a lot of stuff out of the shotgun,” Pryor said. “He became a better quarterback — not just an athlete — by the time he was done. I feel I can do the same. Both schools said they would utilize my athletic ability in the offense, but I think I can be more well-rounded at Ohio State.”
So here’s a kid that by all accounts would be an ideal quarterback to run a spread offense, who in turn seems to have researched the matter carefully… and decided it would be in his best interest (i.e., to improve his chances of playing in the NFL) to go to a school that doesn’t run the spread option.
There isn’t too much to go on with spread/read option QBs in the NFL right now. Urban Meyer’s prize pupil at Utah hasn’t shown a lot, to put it mildly. The jury is out on Vince Young (who, unlike Smith, is a phenomenal physical talent). The big kahuna is, of course, Tim Tebow. If Tebow succeeds in the pros, that will quell some of the concern. But if Tebow were to turn out to be a bust – an expensive bust – it will be worth watching to see how the colleges and the top athletic QB recruits react to what will likely become a declining market.