He would have sure. But he would have been their headache. And I would have been ok with that in retrospect.
I remember the frenzy about getting him. I was caught up in it as well, if I'm being honest. I wanted him to be a Buckeye. But, I also remember the program being different after that. Pryor was a huge talent but a misguided individual from start. There was NO WAY he was going to lead a team to a natty. Who followed him? Literally no one. Maybe a handful of guys. Pryor's presence created a new ethos on that football team. And it wasn't a positive one.
Like every other prospect, Coach Tress thought he was going to mold him. It didn't work out for Pryor because as talented as he was, it was only about him. It seems that it still is. Heck, even Tressel was a different man. I'm not sure what sort of pressure he was facing, but like I said earlier. I think the Meyer-to-Columbus song was being played even before the scandal. Who knows, had Pryor stuck around maybe the Ranger School carnage that is Mickey Marotti's conditioning program would have changed him? Maybe Pryor would have been a bitter fit for a Meyer offense and that was what they were hoping for?
Or, maybe he would have bolted anyways because he was too much of a chicken shit to look inside of himself and play for someone else other than himself.