While he is a high school football star, Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne offensive lineman Jovan Pruitt (6-6, 295) went to some baseball terminology to assess his unofficial visit to Arkansas this weekend.
"It was a home run," Pruitt said. "It was really good. I liked everything about it – the coaches, the players, the facilities. The people of Fayetteville are just really nice and it's just a great college atmosphere."
Pruitt, a four-star prospect according to Scout.com and a standout that has 18 offers, raved about what he thinks Razorback head coach Bret Bielema is about to do with the program.
"He is a coach that keeps it real," Pruitt said. "He is a pretty funny guy, but you can tell he knows what he is doing and he has a plan in place to get Arkansas back to where it was in the SEC and even higher. One thing I love about him is that he treats all the players the same and how he and his coaches have an open door policy.
"I mean there are a lot of head coaches and the players barely get to see them unless they are on the field," Pruitt added. "The players here talk about how not only is his door open all the time for them, but that he encourages them to stop by. The players here really trust him. I really like that."
Pruitt knows that Bielema put offensive lineman after offensive lineman in the NFL when he was head coach at Wisconsin before taking the job at Arkansas last December.
"He obviously knows what he is doing when it comes to putting guys in the NFL," Pruitt said. "He made it clear how much they want me, how much they need and how if I came to Arkansas and worked hard that I would be one of those guys going to the NFL one day, too. That was very cool to hear."
He's also a big fan of Razorback offensive lineman coach Sam Pittman.
"You can be yourself around him," Pruitt said. "He's also a great coach and you can tell that from last year at Tennessee and the other places that he has been. I have no doubt that if I sign with Arkansas that he will help be the best I can be and get me where I want to go."
He also had a chance to meet several of the Razorbacks' incoming freshmen.
"They were talking about how no one is bigger than the other, that they are one group together," Pruitt said. "They told me that if I made it to Arkansas that they would be my older brothers and take care of me."
Pruitt's 18 offers include ones from Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Notre Dame, Florida, Missouri, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Ole Miss.
It's Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Texas Tech – where he will take an unofficial visit on June 22 – that are ahead in the race per Pruitt.
"I don't really have a favorite right now, just want to gather some more info and make sure I am making the right decision," Pruitt said. "But these other schools are really going to have to really go to show me more than these coaches and players did at Arkansas."
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