Player Profile: Jarvis Pruitt

Omar profiles defensive lineman Jarvis Pruitt, who is going to be in a fierce battle for playing time come training camp time.

Jarvis Pruitt Player Profile

Position: Defensive end

Size: 6-3, 252

Year: Sophomore (Redshirted in 2012)

High School: Stratford

Hometown: Houston, TX

Recruitment: Coming out of high school, Pruitt was rated a two-star prospect after being named first-team All-District as a senior. He notched 90 tackles, including 20 tackles-for-loss, and four sacks. Pruitt originally committed to Texas State before decommitting and accepting a scholarship from SMU. He chose the Mustangs over offers from UTSA, Colorado, and New Mexico.

2013 Review: SMU had a very young and inexperienced defensive line in 2013. Zach Wood and Beau Barnes were the starting defensive ends all season and took most of the snaps, but defensive coordinator Tom Mason likes to rotate pass rushers and move players around a lot, so the Mustangs can never have enough guys willing to get after the quarterback.

Pruitt didn’t see the field early in the season, but earned the coaches trust enough to receive some playing time as the year went along. He played in the final 10 games of the season for the Mustangs, but only made three total tackles, including two solo.

Grade: D+

Outlook in 2014: SMU returns basically every single defensive lineman from 2013. Pruitt is in a group with a number of other SMU pass rushers who are fighting for playing time this season. Wood and Barnes return as the starters, but guys like Pruitt, Elie Nabushosi, Zelt Minor, Cameron Smith and Andy McCleneghen are hoping to crack the rotation as well.

The Mustangs should have a solid group of pass rushers this year that will need to help take pressure off their weak secondary. If the entire front seven can do a better job stopping the rush on first and second down, opposing quarterbacks will have problems with the Mustangs on third and long. Pruitt is one that could slide inside or go to defensive end if Barnes plays outside linebacker occasionally.

Pruitt is a long-armed, fast defensive end. He has a good motor, makes plenty of plays in the backfield, and covers a lot of ground in a hurry. He is also good off the edge, but still needs to add more bulk to his frame to take his game to next level. Again, Pruitt will be in the mix with a number of other pass rushers to earn playing time, but the skills and athleticism needed to be an effective pass rusher are already in place.

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