July 12, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Lutrell Pruitt Jr.

Photo credit Beau Brune

Lutrell Pruitt is a class of 2021 recruit from Southern Lab High School in Baton Rouge, La. The 5’8 185 pound running back was a bruiser for the Kittens last season. Pruitt rushed for over 1400 yards on a 150 carries last season finding the end zone 16 times in the process. His excellent vision, combined with an impressive ability to catch the ball out of the backfield made him a threat to take it the distance on screens against aggressive defensives. His speed and strength is what gave him the advantage in one-on-one matchups, as it often took more than one defender to tackle him.


When did you start playing football?

I started playing when I was six, I played for the Scotlandville Hornets in Baton Rouge.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes sir. I played soccer, basketball, baseball, and I ran track. I played tee ball first. I started that when I was like four or five. Then I moved into football and the other sports.

Did you always play running back or did you pay any other positions?

I played linebacker too. I played linebacker throughout little league, and then when I got to high school it was just straight running back.

Going back to last season, what were some of your goals?

I wanted to slim down a little bit and get faster. Also, help out my team and be a leader. That was basically it.

How did you accomplish those goals?

With the slimming down part, I started working out more. I would do work on my own after practice. As far as helping out my team, I was just doing what coach asked me to do, the best that I could.

You guys will be losing two very vocal leaders this year on defense with Jabar (Triplett) and Mike (Wicker) leaving, how are you going to fill that position?

Just lead by example, set the example for the young guys, doing what it takes.

Who would you say some of your biggest influences are?

Ty Davis, the running back before me. He taught me a lot. Things like drills, how to read holes, how to read defenses. He taught me a lot. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, just because we’re almost the same size. I look up to him and I like his highlights.

Who then, would you say your favorite NFL player is?

Probably Mark Ingram, because we have the same running style. He’s small but he can run people over.

On a scale of 1-10 what would your ideal game day performance number be?

Maybe seven or eight. I always try to play my best, but I always feel I could have done better. That’s why I say a seven or eight.

What motivates you the most?

My parents, working hard for me every day. So that me and my other siblings are straight. So I feel like I have to work to repay them.

Speaking of working hard, with no real camps this summer, what have you been doing to keep yourself in shape during the quarantine?

I have been going to a trainer, I was doing that the entire quarantine time. Then we started practice a few weeks ago, so I’ve been working out with the team. Then sometimes I’ll come home and work on the (speed) ladder. Do that to stay in shape.

At the end of this season, what would you want your coaches and teammates to say about you?

That I was a great vocal leader. I helped out, that I contributed to the team. That I set the example.

If you weren’t playing football, what sport do you think you would be playing?

Baseball, yes sir, definitely baseball.

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