Despite holding offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida and Texas, Jovan Pruitt has made it crystal clear that he's still very much interested in what SMU has offer.
In fact, the four-star Bishop Dunne offensive tackle says he could definitely see himself playing on the Hilltop. Although the Mustangs don't play in the Big 12 or SEC, Pruitt says there are plenty of other appealing aspects about SMU.
"SMU is a school I'm really in because it's close to home and they have great academics," said Pruitt, who holds a 3.0 GPA. "I won't have to travel very far, and I'll be close to my family. They can come watch me play so that would be great. It's just a really good school too."
Over the weekend, Pruitt made the short trip to SMU for the annual spring game. Although it's not a traditional spring game, per se, Pruitt said he truly enjoyed getting a closer look at the way the team operates.
"I had to leave a little bit early, but everything was pretty good. It was more laid back, but I enjoyed it," Pruitt said. "The defense looked solid, but the offense is going to need some work. The line is pretty young so I feel I could start right away if I chose SMU. There's a big development going on at SMU and like I said, I enjoyed everything."
Attending the game also gave Pruitt another opportunity to speak to his recruiter, defensive backs coach Derrick Odum, who will be at Bishop Dunne later this spring to watch the 6-foot-6, 295-pounder in action.
"Coach Odum pretty much told me that they need me, and they really want me bad. He told me SMU was the place to be, but only time will tell," Pruitt said. "I also wanted to speak to Coach (June) Jones but didn't get a chance to before I left."
Pruitt wasn't the only Bishop Dunne player on campus. Four-star defensive back Nick Watkins accompanied Pruitt, and the two have had serious chats about playing together at the next level.
"Nick liked SMU too, and he's still interested," Pruitt said. "We've played around and said I'll go to a school if you go to a school. But we have really started talking about it. It would be a hard decision though, and we still have a lot of things to think about."
Pruitt has also visited Baylor and Oklahoma this spring and hopes to schedule more visits this summer. Ranked as the No. 30 offensive tackle, Pruitt has a slew of options and doesn't plan on making a decision until National Signing Day.
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