Senior Julius Pruitt is the featured player this week. As a former part of the “Bash Brothers,” which consisted of Julius and his older brother Oshae, he is now ready to make his mark on the 2018 Greyhound team. # 32 Julius is the strongest player on the team. The staff stopped Julius after squatting 405 pounds 15 times during the winter workout. His older brother, Oshae Pruitt, graduated last year and attends OBU where he is now part of the Tiger Football Program. Although Julius misses his brother, the Greyhounds are blessed to have the 5’9, 190 lb. Julius to lead the defense. Julius has worn jersey # 32 since he moved up to the Greyhound team as a sophomore. “I wish they would retire the number after I graduate,” laughs Julius with a infectious smile.
Academically, Julius maintains a 3.6 or 3.7 grade point average. His favorite academic classes are mathematics, taught by his favorite teacher Mrs. Mary Bennett. After graduation, he plans to continue his education at the collegiate level. He would like to pursue a course of study in pre-med, and eventually be an orthopedic surgeon. At this time, Pruitt has no particular university in mind. He would like to play football on the next level, but time will tell.
Defensively, Pruitt plays mike linebacker. As an All-Conference linebacker, he collected 72 tackles last season, including nine solo stops in the game against Gosnell. “I don’t try to compare him to his older brother, but the same qualities that made me love and trust Oshae are the same qualities I love and trust in Julius,” states Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Mark Hindsley. “He is very dependable, I can talk ball with him and he always knows what I want. I never worry about him embarrassing the team or being ineligible, because he always takes care of business on and off the field. He is the leader that communicates everything on defense, as well as plays multiple roles on offense and special teams. He always leads in sprints and always leads in the weight room. He is a true leader in everything he does. I always speak of Julius highly, because he deserves the recognition.” Pruitt laughs as he talks about Coach Hindsley as his favorite coach on staff. He states that he likes to watch the interaction of sophomores with Coach Hindsley at the beginning of the season. The young teammates are scared of him and Pruitt laughs out loud. “Coach Hindsley is a great coach and he just wants each player to reach their potential and be a team player,” states Julius.
Offensively, Julius plays H back. According to Offensive Coordinator Jon Bradley, “Julius is a great young man with outstanding character. He is a coach on the field and works very hard to be a leader through his work ethic. He knows what everyone is supposed to do on each offensive play or defensive snap. We can rely on him to do his job each and every play. He is a greyhound through and through. I have great respect for this young man and look for him to have a breakout season.”
Although Julius excels on the football field, he loves time spent hunting and fishing. His love for deer hunting is a passion shared by the family. He is an active member of First Baptist Church.