Ex-Gopher Greg Pruitt finds Division II home

Greg Pruitt Jr., a 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back from Shaker Heights, Ohio was considered a key recruit for the Minnesota Gophers in 2002. Pruitt Jr. was a high school All-American as a running back, cornerback and return specialist. Unfortunately, he ran into academic problems as a freshman and never played a down for the Gophers. GoldenSports.net will periodically look at some of the past Gopher football recruits and see where they are now.

Greg Pruitt, Jr. is the son of College Football Hall of Famer Greg Pruitt. Pruitt's father was a two-time All-American at Oklahoma and was runner-up in the 1972 Heisman Trophy voting. As a pro, Greg Pruitt was a five-time Pro Bowler with Cleveland and Oakland, rushing for 1,000 yards or more three times. Greg Pruitt, Jr. rushed for 1,854 yards on 202 carries and scored 25 touchdowns his senior year at Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School in 2001. He was thought to be a top running back prospect for the Gophers and picked Minnesota over Kentucky, Oklahoma (his father's alma mater), Purdue, Virginia and West Virginia.

Pruitt redshirted at Minnesota and became an academic casualty, forcing his transfer to Georgia Military (GA) CC, where he finished as the team's leading rusher. There was talk about him possibly landing at Texas A&M, but instead Pruitt is playing for North Carolina Central, a Division II school located in Durham. North Carolina Central recently made news when David Young was selected in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft.

Pruitt made an immediate impact for the Eagles when he rushed 13 times for 138 yards in a 52-0 win over Johnson C. Smith in their season opener.

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories