Gloucester lineman Douglas Pruim (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Doug Pruim is on the board
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
This year’s lack of college football at the Division II and Division III levels has forced some innovation. It has also forced a change in the recruiting cycle.
Normally, most smaller schools would be hanging back and waiting for the Division I schools to scrap over the top athletes in the recruiting class. That’s not happening this year. More Division I schools are delaying their recruiting efforts while quite a few D2 and D3 schools are full throttle.
This has led to a lot of recruiting buzz for guys like Doug Pruim (2021 OL/DL 6-3 280). Pruim picked up an offer from Cornell College on Monday and added a local offer from CNU on Wednesday.
“The O-line coach at Cornell College recruited me when he was at Olivet. We talked some but he was getting ready to switch over to Cornell at the time. He made the move, then talked with the regional recruiter about me and he followed me on Twitter,” Doug said. “I sent my film, then he asked for my information and we got on the phone to talk about the school. He said they would be offering me.”
Cornell College is a Division III school in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Developments this week may allow Doug to stay close to home. On Wednesday, recruiting coordinator Paul Crowley offered Doug an opportunity to play football at Christopher Newport University.
“I talked to Coach Crowley at a Frostburg camp, and he said he wanted to get in a zoom call with me about a week or so after that,” Prium stated. “On that call, he invited me to visit and said that I was one of the people they needed to get there. Since then we’ve stayed in touch. He asked me for my address a couple of days ago and sent me the offer today. I hope to visit there soon, but it’s nice to have an option really close to home.”
Pruim also mentioned that he’s been pulling in some interest from Frostburg State since he camped with them. That camp was in Loudoun County, but he still got a feel for what the staff at Frostburg could offer.
“The camp wasn’t at Frostburg State, but I like their staff a lot and the environment they bring. Some other out of state teams have been showing interest like West Virginia Wesleyan and Kentucky Wesleyan. VMI is interested as well, but of course with the dead period they can’t do too much,” Doug mentioned.
For a trench dog like Doug Pruim, getting this kind of notice during a trying time is a huge plus. More offers are coming in for local athletes, and as usual, we’ll keep track of them for you.
– Andy Hilton