Pruitt Visits SJSU, Comes Away a Spartan

The San Jose State football staff picked up another talented, yet relatively unknown, player when athlete Jimmy Pruitt visited the school last weekend and decided he wanted to study and play at SJSU. When you see the list of accomplishments this San Diego area star racked up, you'll see that Coach Mike MacIntyre landed yet another hidden gem.

All-CIF Second-Team as a sophomore. All-CIF First-Team selection for his junior and senior seasons. All-Conference, MVP, and member of a State Championship team. Athlete Jimmy Pruitt knows what it takes to excel and win. He'll be bringing that talent and experience north as the Helix High School star committed to San Jose State during his official visit this weekend.

"They offered me a couple months ago," Pruitt said. "I've been talking about it with my parents and my coaches and it just seems like the right fit for me,"

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Pruitt reports an offer from Weber State and said that Colorado State was close to coming through with one as well. However, the chance to play for head coach Mike MacIntyre and his staff, along with a pair of former Highlanders, made SJSU the place for him.

"I went up last summer for a camp and that's when they first noticed me," he said. "I liked that the coaches answered all my questions and when they talked to may parents and I decided it was all good. Also, Sean Linton and Anthony Larceval played at Helix so I have former teammates there."

"Both of them were my host," he said.

While Pruitt played a variety of positions in high school, including quarterback and wide receiver as well as defensive back, it's cornerback where he'll call home at San Jose State.

Along with the chance to catch up with former mates, Pruitt said seeing the entire campus, hanging out with the coaches and team, the food and the accommodations made the trip an experience to remember.

The gridiron star not only shines on the field, he excels in the classroom. He'll bring a 3.5 grade-point average to SJSU and said he wants to major in business.

As with all of the incoming freshman in this class he'll begin the Bridge Program in July. Before that, though, he'll possibly make one more trip north.

"I'll probably go to the Spring Game," he said.

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