Arkansas DB Getting Early Interest from MSU

Outside of the Midwest, Michigan State is looking south to scout talented student-athletes. Houston Pruitt, who's also getting interest from SEC powers, is hearing from the Spartans, the only Big Ten school on his radar, and plans to visit soon to see what head coach Mark Dantonio and the Green & White are all about.

Down south — that's where the gold mine of football talent is located in the United States. No doubt about it. So when the Michigan State coaching staff begins spiraling their recruiting web outside of the Midwest, Dixie is the first place most coaches look.

And one early nugget they've spotted comes in the form of student-athlete Houston Pruitt, a defensive back prospect from Springdale, Ark.

Pruitt says he has an open invite from the MSU coaching staff to visit a Spartan game, but he has not been able to make the trip north. Yet.

"I am going to come up and visit," he says matter-of-factly.

Pruitt's exposure to MSU comes primarily through television, where he says he's seen an offense that has surprised him.

"I like the style of defense," he says, then adds, "their offense, I thought it'd be something boring, but it was sweet watching their offense, their running back."

He's referring, of course, to Javon Ringer, and the game that so impressed him was the washout against Florida Atlantic, when Ringer racked up 282 yards.

Another moment he remembers came last season, when he saw the Spartans nearly upset Wisconsin. Pruitt watched that game with his dad and remembers No. 3 of the Spartans (Nehemiah Warrick) laying the lumber on Kyle Jefferson.

"He put a lick on somebody," Pruitt says. "Unbelievable."

Tulsa has offered Pruitt, but he's getting interest from many others. In addition to MSU (the only Big Ten team on his radar) there's Oklahoma State and SEC teams such as Florida and LSU that are putting out feelers.

In the end, someone is going to get a tried and true football player. When asked about playing safety, Pruitt points to the mixture of pass coverage and run stopping as something he enjoys. He especially enjoys the smash-mouth aspect of safety. What does he like the most about playing football?

"Hitting people," he says with a knowing chuckle.

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