Big Lineman Awaits Offers

Justin Pruitt, a huge offensive tackle from Long Reach High in Maryland, has several schools interested, including Penn State. How interested is Justin in the Nittany Lions?

Name: Justin Pruitt
Position: OL
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 290 pounds
40-yard dash:


Bench Press: 365 pounds
School: Long Reach HS, Columbia, MD

Justin led Long Reach to a 7-3 record this season.  He earned 1st Team All-Metro and 1st Team All-County honors in the process.

"I had about 58 tackles on defense and 4 sacks," Justin said.  "I had a touchdown on offense too," he laughed.  "I picked up a fumble on the 1-yard line.

"I got my jersey (#76) retired today (Tuesday).  They're going to put it up on the wall in the gym."

Justin is still awaiting his first scholarship offer, but Penn State, Boston College, West Virginia, Western Michigan and Richmond, among others, are interested.

He took several unofficial visits this year, including attending a summer camp at Boston College.  He planned to attend other camps, but injured his hamstring at BC's camp.

"I've been everywhere: BC, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Richmond and William and Mary."

Coach Larry Johnson is recruiting Pruitt for Penn State.  Justin last talked to Coach Johnson about a month ago.

"They (PSU) emailed my coach last week.  I'm about to play in an All-Star game on Saturday and they want that tape.  I'm going to send that tape to pretty much every school that's recruiting me.

"I like Penn State a lot.  That's probably my favorite, then Boston College.

"I've been to Penn State a few times.  I went to the Central Florida and Michigan State games.  I went there two other times, for recruiting days.  I got to eat lunch with Joe Paterno.

"It's just a great place.  I like the coaches there a lot.  They seem real nice.  The atmosphere is great.  The people I talk to that go there say that it's a very good place to go, not only fun, but it's a good school to be in.

"Boston College came in last Monday to see me.  They're going to set up an official visit.  They said to keep the weekend of January 16 open."

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