This was one of those threads that seemed silly. I mean, it's a "no brainer," right?
But I believe Tressel is not the right coach for Pryor. Rodriguez is, and we'll see that with Tate and then with Gardner. I think Rodriguez would know how to get the best out of Pryor and develop him better as a dual threat. Under Rodriguez, Pryor would become the next Vince Young. Under Tressel, Pryor doesn't seem to know if he is a dual threat or a dropback guy--and may end up being neither.
Tate is WAY further along as a freshman than Pryor is even now. It shows that Tate got the better coaching in high school for all aspects of his game, and Pryor was probably cultivated more for his legs. And his passing was probably good enough at that level.
One thing I will say (and people will call me crazy) is Tate is more shifty, and I think is quicker. That may be due to better instincts and decision making, I don't know. Pryor would win a 100 yard dash race with Tate, but Tate would win the first ten yards. In football, that may be the most important thing.
I'll take Tate any day, but it's interesting to consider that if Pryor did come to UM and had this coaching staff--he'd be much better this year than he is at OSU.