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Jeannette's Terrelle Pryor has faced a variety of distractions, as the Jayhawks prepare for a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game against Karns City (12-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clarion University.

During school hours and after practice Wednesday, Pryor, arguably the nation's No. 1 high school recruit, went through a series of photo sessions with freelance photographer Robert Clark, who was shooting Pryor for an article in ESPN The Magazine.

He had another photo session last week with a different publication, and he met with college coaches earlier this week.

Penn State coaches Tom Bradley and Jay Paterno were at McKee Stadium in Jeannette on Monday and Ohio State assistant coach Joe Daniels was there Tuesday. Internet bloggers reported about the Penn State and Ohio State visits minutes after the coaches left.

In fact, Pryor's name is all over the Internet.

There's a Terrelle Pryor Web site with links to stories and photos. He has a Wikipedia page, and items signed by Pryor are up for auction on eBay. And if you want to find footage of Pryor, either playing football, basketball or on his recent recruiting trip to Ohio State, where Buckeyes fans chanted his name, they're easily accessible on YouTube.

"Terrelle handles things very well," Jeannette coach Ray Reitz said. "He's getting bleary eyed with all the photos."

Pryor views all the attention as good for him, his teammates and the city of Jeannette.

"It puts Jeannette on the map even more," said Pryor, who claims he doesn't know who started his Web site. "I've clicked on it. It's all right, not a big deal."

As for YouTube, Pryor said being a national top 25 football recruit is what makes him so popular.

People can watch some of Pryor's top plays from the past two seasons.

"If you click on any of the top players in the country, they'll be there, too," he said. "I'm just like any other top player."

Reitz said his son, Ryan, showed him information on the Internet about Pryor.

"If I want to watch him, I just throw in one of our game tapes," Reitz said. "I've seen him enough. I see him live every day, and it's a pleasure.

"He's done well with the media and all the attention he's received. He's had a lot of practice with the media. His publicity is spilling over to other players on the team, and that's been good for other players on the team and for the community."

Note: Jeannette center Chris Hall and running back Jordan Hall were involved in a vehicle accident Monday night in Jeannette. The players, who are cousins, sustained minor injuries that may force them to miss the game. Jordan Hall says he's hoping to be cleared to play, and Chris Hall says he's not sure. Jeannette coach Ray Reitz says he's hoping both will be available, but he's preparing as if they won't.

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