Norcom DB Karon Prunty (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Virginia, Kent State hoping to court Norcom DB Karon Prunty before National Signing Day
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Virginia Tech held onto the Commonwealth Cup for 15-consecutive seasons with UVA’s last win over the Hokies coming in 2003. Their dominant streak over Virginia came to an end last week when Bryce Perkins and the Cavaliers knocked off Virginia Tech 39-30. Many local products put their stamp on the contest including former Highland Springs utility specialist Billy Kemp, IV who collected a 25-yard touchdown pass from Perkins in the third quarter.
However, Virginia appears to have entered itself in the market for a defensive back which is why on Wednesday evening the Cavaliers extended an offer to one Norcom’s top defensive assets in Karon Prunty (2020 DB 6-2 180).
“It feels good getting another chance to play for the state,” Prunty stated. “The head coach offered me last night on the phone and told me that I’m what he’s looking for. This has all been a dream come true. I have been watching college football for a long time and I’m going to be the one being watched. It feels good that all my hard work has paid off.”
Since de-committing from Liberty during the first week of November, Prunty has continued to enjoy a prosperous recruitment. Army, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and Virginia have all offered since the beginning of November as well as Kent State who showed up on Thursday afternoon.
Despite planting firm roots in Portsmouth, the goal for Prunty has always been establish an identity outside of his native city all while never forgetting where he was first discovered. It’s expected that the early signing period come and go without a decision from the Norcom product on December 18 as he plans to give each program a fair shot during the recruiting process.
“Every visit I take I will know it I can see myself at the school,” Prunty said. “But now just by how comfortable I am, the environment, or how much people care for me. I want them to see not just on the football field, but as a man.”
Greyhounds on the rise
We’d be remiss without stating of the recruiting accomplishments of some of the other Norcom prospects that keep the Greyhounds on track.
All-Region utility specialist Willie Northern (2020 LB 6-1 191) has secured offers from Virginia State and Presbyterian College since the end of November.
All-Region quarterback Jacoby Smith (2020 QB 6-2 208) finally grabbed his second offer from Arkansas Baptist late Wednesday night. This comes four months after receiving a bid to extend his playing career at Bluefield.
Starting wide receiver — and perhaps one of Norcom’s most underrated senior prospects — Maurice Outten (2020 DB/WR 6-0 170) was the recipient of his first offer on Tuesday coming from St. Andrews. Outten paired up with Shyheim Cannon this past season to form one of the more difficult wide receiver groups in the region to put a lid on.
– Andy Hilton