I'm new to this site, so I apologize if this post violates the rules. However, if this is permitted, I wondered if someone could offer their opinion on the following, from a newspaper article about a high school athlete:
"The center had seen UConn prior but said the school's proximity to his hometown isn't as big of a factor to his decision making as some may think."
IMO, the reporter is misusing "prior," an adjective, when he should be using "previously," an adverb, to modify the verb "seen."
[That said, I also would've preferred "visited" to "seen." Also, if I were the editor, I would've substituted "much" for "big," and changed "factor to" to "factor in." Maybe also changed "may" to "might." Maybe these usages don't violate any strict grammar rules, but, IMO, they seem at least slightly ungrammatical.]