The lure of being a Razorback was too much for Houston Pruitt to pass up.
Growing up just up the road in Springdale, the Har-Ber High School standout fulfilled his dream to play for the University of Arkansas Monday by committing to Razorback pitching coach Dave Jorn.
"I've been talking to my dad about it and I said if I ever got an offer from Arkansas in baseball I'd take that over pretty much any football offer," said Pruitt, a two-sport star with football offers from Tulsa and Louisiana-Monroe. "So when it happened I pretty much knew what I was going to do but me and my dad talked about it the last couple of weeks. This morning I woke up and felt like I needed to call Coach Jorn and tell him I wanted to be a Razorback."
Jorn offered Pruitt a scholarship on July 6. The right-hander went 2-1 with four saves and 20 strikeouts as a junior. He was equally as impressive in his role as a center fielder for the Wildcats, hitting .462 with six home runs and 32 RBIs. He said his role in Fayetteville will likely be in the field.
"Coach Jorn said I'll be hitting, playing in the outfield and pitching," Pruitt said. "He said I'll probably only pitch my freshman year, though.
"I figure I'll get bored if I had to pitch every night anyway. When I'm playing in the outfield and hitting, I love that."
Pruitt is the starting safety for Har-Ber football coach Chris Wood and in two seasons on the gridiron has accumulated 199 tackles and 11 interceptions. He is expected to play some quarterback for the Wildcats – the preseason No. 1 in Arkansas' highest classification – this fall and was nominated in May for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
He has spent time on both the football and baseball fields this summer. He will travel with the football team this week to Hoover, Ala., for the annual National Select Championships – widely regarded as the nation's top 7-on-7 event. There the Wildcats are the defending champions and Har-Ber is coming off a runner-up finish at last week's Music City Classic at Vanderbilt University over the weekend.
"We'll probably have a big target on our back," Pruitt said. "That's OK because we had one at Vandy, too, and we fought through. It's all about our attitude; we know we can hang with anybody if we play our game."
Pruitt is the fourth commitment of the class of 2010 for the Arkansas baseball program. Others include Fort Collins (Rocky Mountain), Colo., RHP Pierce Trumper; Cypress (Cy Woods), Texas, LHP Jared Lakind; and Shreveport (Evangel), La., LHP Jeff Harvill, who committed last Monday.
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