Written by EJ Holland
Bishop Dunne producing plenty of Big 12 prospects
Bishop Dunne and First Baptist are holding joint practices all week, and on Monday afternoon, I caught up with a few of the team's FBS prospects.
4-star CB still weighing options
One of the top defensive backs in the nation, Bishop Dunne cornerback Nick Watkins is up to a whopping 29 offers. But don't expect him to name favorites any time soon.
"I'm just taking it all in and talking it as slow as possible," he said. "I'm just relying on my research and the visits I can take so I can make the best decision possible."
While Watkins wouldn't budge on specific details, he did mention that staying closer to home and playing in the Big 12 was certainly a possibility.
"The Big 12 is definitely a great league for DB's," he said. "Texas is definitely a school I've wanted to go to. My aunt went to Texas Tech so I have to catch up with her and see what's out there. Oklahoma is a great powerhouse. Then you have West Virginia, Baylor and TCU.
But like I said, I'm just doing research."
This summer, Watkins plans on making visits to Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Pruitt Focused On Football
Like Watkins, Bishop Dunne offensive lineman Jovan Pruitt is simply letting the recruiting process run its course. The Scout.com 4-star prospect holds 17 offers but doesn't plan on making a decision in the near future.
"I'm not thinking about narrowing things down," Pruitt said. "It's a business decision for me. I just want to take my time and really look at each school. When it's the right time to make my decision, I'll make it."
Instead, Pruitt is more concerned about putting extra preparation for his upcoming senior year. Last season, Bishop Dunne finished 5-6 and stumbled to a 1-5 district record.
But Pruitt believes there is reason for optimism.
"Teams win games. Not just offense of defense. It depends what you do throughout the game. We need to improve on that," he said. "But we're really forming into something special. We have talented guys coming in. We have a great attitude. This year it's definitely possible that we make it to state."
As stated recruiting is not Pruitt's primary focus, but he does plan on visiting Arkansas and Texas Tech this summer.
"As we can all tell, there is really something special that's going to be formed at Texas Tech. I think what they have going on is special," he said. "I've gotten a great vibe from Coach (Kevin) Curtis and Coach (Lee) Hays. I just want to see everything."
Hendrix Sees Stock Rise
Just a few months ago, safety Payton Hendrix held just three offers. But ever since transferring from Red Oak to Bishop Dunne, he's seen his recruitment skyrocket.
The Scout.com three-star prospect now holds 14 offers.
"It's an honor to be wanted," he said. "I'm just trying to stay humble and keep working hard so I can get to the next level."
Along with Louisiana Tech, Hendrix says Texas Tech has been recruiting him the hardest this spring and likes what he's heard about the program so far.
"I talk to Coach (Trey) Haverty a lot. He's just a real energetic coach, and I like that about their whole staff," Hendrix said. "I'll probably go down to Lubbock eventually to get a feel for their school and everything."
Larue Staying Patient
Like Hendrix, Ronnie Larue also transferred from Red Oak to Bishop Dunne this spring and is expected to start at safety and battle for the starting quarterback job.
"It's really different because at Red Oak, we had 2,000 kids where as at Dunne we have 400. Academics are pounded into you because it's a college prep school," he said. "I'm giving my all in everything from the field to the weight room but most importantly in the classroom. I'm really liking it so far."
Plenty of Big 12 programs have been showing interest in the 6-foot, 190-pounder and Arkansas State, Purdue and Iowa are expected to extend scholarships. But Larue is still waiting for that elusive first offer.
"Spring has been going pretty good," he said. "But it will never be going great until I have an offer."
If Larue had a choice, that first offer would come from Oklahoma.
"Oklahoma was my favorite visit. I've always grown up an Oklahoma fan. When I went own there, coach Mike Stoops showed me a lot a love," he said. "They acted like I basically had an offer so that meant a lot to me. Even coach Bob Stoops showed a lot of love."
Hart Commits To Purdue
Despite racking up 108 receptions for 2,044 yards and 29 touchdowns last season, First Baptist wide receiver Trae Hart did not receive his first offer until the beginning of May when Purdue threw its hat in the ring.
And it didn't take Hart very long to pull the trigger.
"I talked it over with my mom and dad, and I told them I needed to do this," he said. "It's in the Big 10 and a great opportunity for me so I decided to verbally commit. I'm a Boilermaker right now, but if other schools talk to me, I'll listen."
Those other schools that are showing strong interest include Rice, SMU and Tulsa. Texas Tech is also looking at Hart as a defensive back.
Quick Hit: First Baptist quarterback Max Partlo does not hold any offers but has taken unofficial visits to LSU and Oklahoma State this spring. Expect his recruitment to pick up if he has another strong year. Last season, he passed for 3,768 yards and 48 touchdowns.
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