Terrelle Pryor, when asked Wednesday night about Matt McGloin, said, "I never heard of him."
Pryor recently learned who McGloin is because his Ohio State team is playing Penn State this week. Up until then, the former superstar high school recruit knew nothing about his counterpart, a former walk-on who's now in charge of the Nittany Lions' offense.
"We've got pictures all over the place on him, but besides that, no, I never heard of him," Pryor noted. "I'm usually focused on the defense. I've heard a lot about [Rob] Bolden, though."
That may come across as a rude or cocky statement by Pryor, although Penn State fans looking at it that way should consider this: Before this spring, when he played a lot in the Blue-White Game, McGloin was an unknown even to a huge number of Lion faithful.
All of that makes the quarterback matchup this week in Columbus truly remarkable.
Here you have two of the most storied programs in college football history, and while every team in the country wanted Pryor, no one wanted McGloin, who did not receive a single Division I scholarship offer.
It's the five-star recruit versus the no-star recruit.
McGloin's story from walk-on to starter is well known by now, and he's already tired of talking about it.
"It's not really too fun to tell," he said Wednesday. "I think everybody knows my story, so it's kind of getting annoying."
McGloin, a redshirt sophomore, graduated high school at the same time as Pryor, who starred at Jeannette and was the nation's No. 1 recruit. Despite little interest from big schools -- Boston College, Pitt and Virginia looked at him before backing off -- McGloin made an unusual statement about Pryor's recruitment.
"I think everybody was following what he was doing, especially the quarterbacks," McGloin said. "I know a couple guys, including myself, that didn't get offers because of him. Schools were waiting to see what he did."
That's peculiar, to say the least, because in McGloin's mind, his future somehow was linked to whatever Pryor decided. McGloin even said the wait was frustrating.
"Not only for me, but for a lot of other Pennsylvania quarterbacks," he said. "It was frustrating, but at the end of the day I think I made the right decision."
There could be an explanation to McGloin's reasoning. Penn State was in the running for Pryor down to the wire, and had he chose the Lions, perhaps McGloin would not have been given a chance to be a preferred walk-on.
Pryor, a junior in his third year starting, has no regrets about his decision to choose Ohio State.
"I would make this choice 100 out of 100 times," Pryor said.
Explaining why he chose the Buckeyes, Pryor noted, "I kind of wanted to go with [Jim] Tressel because I got a better feeling about him, like I got an understanding like he's a stand-up guy. And to this point I trust him the same way I trusted him when I signed here."
Pryor clearly has matured and has learned to be more politically correct when asked certain questions. He once famously said he didn't want to come to Penn State because it was too "country," but he chose his words more carefully Wednesday.
"I just wanted to be in a big-city type," he said. "Nothing against Penn State or anything like that."
One reporter tried to prod Pryor by jokingly asking, "State College isn't big enough for you?" but the quarterback didn't take the bait.
"Nothing against that," Pryor said. "I just like to be in a city environment. Nothing against Penn State at all; no disrespect to their university."
The reason PSU stayed alive so long in the Pryor sweepstakes was because of defensive coordinator Tom Bradley's recruiting efforts. He has done a good job in western Pennsylvania for years and created a strong rapport with Pryor.
"Any time I get a chance to face Scrap, it's gonna be a battle and it's gonna be fun because I have one of the best recruiters that recruited me and one of my very good friends that I still stay close to," Pryor said.
Bradley and Pryor remain in frequent contact.
"We've been talking before last week's game against Northwestern, and we were talking two or three times this week over text messages," Pryor said.
McGloin and the Lions are big underdogs Saturday, with the point spread now at 18. The players have been talking -- and some complaining -- about that this week.
"That is just ridiculous to me," McGloin said.
Pryor didn't know the point spread is that high.
"That puts fuel to their fire, I guess," he said.
Penn State will visit Ohio State again next year, and Pryor says he will be back for his senior season instead of trying to go pro early. He first gave a cocky answer for why.
"I'm a Buckeye till I break all the records," he said.
When asked again later, Pryor had a more cerebral response.
"I just need to develop more knowledge as a human being and not worry about money and stuff like that," he said. "My mom works a little bit and I can just use some of her money and the money that we get here, so I don't really have to worry about money, I guess. I can suffer another year.
"I just want to gain more knowledge as a human being and grow a little older as a human being so I can know what to do when I get out."
Penn State fans may never forgive Pryor for choosing the Buckeyes over his home-state team. But whether he's being sincere or just saying the right things because the teams are playing this week, Pryor had nothing but respectful comments about PSU, in large part because of Bradley.
"My hat's off to Penn State, especially because the type of coaches they have," he said. "They're not just there to recruit you and send you off to the next team like other coaches and other universities do. They actually care about their two-way recruit, and my hat's off to Penn State because they have a great organization from that standpoint."
Cory Giger can be reached at 949-7031 and firstname.lastname@example.org.