It hasn’t slowed down for Watkins, but there’s another prospect starting to dominate the landscape: offensive tackle Jovan Pruitt.
Pruitt, who is 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds, already had a bevy of quality offers but life got sweeter over the weekend when Alabama extended an offer. Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Baylor are among some of his other offers.
Pruitt was unable to attend Texas’ junior day last weekend but said he intends to be at Oklahoma’s event on March 9.
SoonerNation: You really wanted to make it to Texas’ junior day, but you ended up not showing up. What exactly happened there?
Jovan Pruitt: I made a bad decision, a bad decision. And let’s just leave it at that.
SN: Does it hurt to not have visited Texas for either one of its junior days?
Pruitt: I’m disappointed, but I’ve seen the campus before. I went to a camp last summer, and I know I can still get another chance.
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SN: The weekend wasn’t a total loss as you picked up an Alabama offer. How big is it to get an offer from the Crimson Tide?
Pruitt: I was told by my coach on Friday that Alabama was going to offer me. I’m definitely excited to get the offer.
SN: Looking at junior days, which ones have you hit and which ones do you still plan on attending?
Pruitt: I’ve been to Baylor and SMU, and I plan on going to OU’s junior day. I’m hoping to get Nick [Watkins] to come with me, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.
SN: What is it about OU that stands out?
Pruitt: OU has a great winning tradition and does a great job of sending linemen to the NFL. Academics and environment are the two biggest factors going into my decision.
SN: Your offer totals are picking up by the day. Do you have a list of favorites?
Pruitt: Not favorites, but I do have schools that I really like. Alabama is No. 1. OU is No. 2. Then Baylor and SMU. A lot of stuff can change but that’s what it is right now from the schools that have offered me.
SN: What’s one thing college coaches have been telling you to work on the most?
Pruitt: A lot of them have been saying I need to put on more weight. I’m 6-6 and about 272 pounds right now. I’ve been a lot higher. I actually lost 80 pounds but now coaches are saying I need to put some of that weight back on.
SN: Growing up, did you have any favorite schools?
Pruitt: I was a Texas and Texas Tech fan. I was a big Michael Crabtree fan. I’ve talked to the Tech coaches, but I haven’t been able to make a visit yet.
SN: Are there any other schools you’d like to visit before you make your decision?
Pruitt: Arizona, Washington and USC. I have some friends in California so it would be nice to see those schools. But right now I’m taking it easy and seeing what happens. I’m in no rush to make a decision.