Pruitt confident in Arkansas' future

Arkansas commit Jovan Pruitt is a big believer in Bret Bielema's system

In his time at Wisconsin, Bret Bielema's Badgers were successful by dominating the line of scrimmage.

In his first year at Arkansas, the Razorbacks averaged over 200 rushing yards per game for the first time since Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis were on campus. Still, Arkansas finished the season on a nine-game losing streak.

More players like four-star offensive tackle Jovan Pruitt (6-foot-6, 295 pounds) may be what the Razorbacks need to establish the style of play that Bielema is accustomed to.

"In the past, they have been dominant," Pruitt said of the Razorbacks. "I just want to help them get back to playing dominant football that they are used to. Arkansas just needs more talent, and we're going to bring that in this year. Things are looking up for the future."

Pruitt, an offensive tackle from Dallas Bishop Dunne High School, will join Denver Kirkland and Dan Skipper on the Arkansas offensive line, both of whom started most of the season for the Razorbacks. Kirkland was a four-star prospect and Skipper was a three-star that was offered by five Southeastern Conference schools.

"I feel like the offensive line is going to be more athletic next year," Pruitt said. "I already know Skip and Kirk. I talked to them the last time I was up there and chilled with them. We're going to have a lot to build on and it looks like those two have a shot to be Freshman All Americans from what (offensive line) coach (Sam) Pittman has been telling me.

"I feel like our chances of producing more on offense are going to be a lot better. We'll still have Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins in our backfield."

In addition to the talent Arkansas is acquiring, Pruitt recognizes that Bielema and Pittman will play a key role to any success the Razorbacks have.

"I think (Pittman) is the main part of the offensive line success," Pruitt said. "He develops us and our technique. I have a really close relationship with him and he's a great offensive line coach and I'm really looking forward to learning more and more from him.

"Coach Bielema... Almost every offensive tackle he has coached has gone to the league. That says something about his offensive line and about that position. That's one of the main reasons I chose Arkansas. They understand the importance of the offensive line.

"Controlling the line of scrimmage is really crucial. The SEC is full of big dog fights. It's the most physical, athletic teams in the SEC."

Even though Bielema and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said the best option at quarterback this season was definitely Brandon Allen, Pruitt said a fellow member of the 2014 Arkansas signing class should compete for playing time under center. Rafe Peavey, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound quarterback from Bolivar, Mo., signed his financial aid agreement with Arkansas last Monday.

"He is going to bring a new brand of player to the quarterback position," Pruitt said of Peavey. "He can throw it and he can run. He is really what we are going to need.

"He and I have a really close relationship," Pruitt added. "We talk pretty much every week.

"It's really important to have a close relationship with your quarterback. It makes you want to protect him and if he's protected, he can start developing plays and things like that. So it's really important to make sure he is protected."

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