Pruitt chooses the Mustangs

After talking things over with his mom following his official visit this past weekend, Jarvis Pruitt committed to SMU on Monday, choosing the Mustangs over UTSA.

After talking things over with his mother following his official visit to SMU this weekend, Jarvis Pruitt committed to the Mustangs on Monday.

"I just think it was the best thing to do, you know?" Pruitt said.

Pruitt was deciding between SMU and UTSA.

"I didn't feel the same at UTSA with the facilities and the campus," he said. "At SMU, I felt right at home."

Some of that probably has to do with the fact that Pruitt's best friend is A.J. Justice, a safety who has been committed to the Mustangs since August. The two took the official visit together.

Pruitt and Justice have been best friends since they started high school and admit that it'll be nice to have a familiar face around as they begin college.

"He was happy," Pruitt said of his friend's reaction when he told him he'd be committing to SMU.

In addition to Justice, Pruitt said the recruits visiting this past weekend have already started forming a camaraderie.

"I got along with every one of them," Pruitt said. "We got each other's numbers and call each other and everything."

Pruitt met June Jones and Jason Phillips for the first time last week when the coaches paid a visit to Stratford High School to check in on him and Justice. But Pruitt had never talked to or corresponded with defensive coordinator Tom Mason until this weekend.

"I fell in love with that coach right of the bat," Pruitt said. "He has a great relationship with his players and I could see he was making the effort to make a relationship with me.

"He was telling the truth. He was also joking around a lot. You could tell he wants to be friends with you and half the time the conversation wasn't even about football, it was about your personal life. He was just trying to get to know me."

Pruitt, who played defensive end in high school, said the coaches want him to play outside linebacker.

Does he mind?

"No, not at all," he said.

With National Signing Day just two days away now, Pruitt says he's relieved the whole recruiting process is over and he knows where he's going to school.

"I'm very happy," he said. "I'm not stressing anymore."

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Pruitt, who says he can run the forty in 4.6 seconds, wants to do whatever he can once he gets to campus this summer to compete for a starting position.

"I'm looking forward to doing my best to start, doing what I have to do to get myself known," he said.

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