Virginia Tech made some noise on the recruiting trail Monday night when they extended an offer to 2020 athlete and recent Liberty commit Karon Prunty.
Unsurprisingly, Prunty was "excited" and felt "beyond blessed" when he received a call from RBs coach and 757 area recruiter Zohn Burden that the Hokies were going to offer him. The interest in Prunty isn't sudden for the Hokies either as he told us that VT has been "recruiting (Prunty) for a while" leading up to this news.
Prunty told us that Virginia Tech is pursuing him primarily as a defensive back, but also see him as a potential kick returning threat. He showed that potential over the weekend with a kickoff returned for a touchdown.
There's no doubt that Prunty's kick returning abilities could open a door for him to play early in Blacksburg should he end up flipping his commitment to Virginia Tech. His skill set as a whole has been on full display and may have more major schools offering him soon as Prunty has 4 interceptions including 1 returned for a TD, 2 return touchdowns, and 5 receiving touchdowns.
The good news for the Hokies is that they have made Prunty, a cornerback first as a DB, a priority for weeks leading up to this which should help. As Prunty told us, Virginia Tech has been showing interest and recruiting him "for a while now" with this being the next step in making their intentions known.
Virginia Tech also had a chance to make a strong impression on Prunty last weekend when the 757 athlete visited Blacksburg for Virginia Tech's game against Rhode Island. That visit went well with Prunty being impressed by a few different things on his visit.
"I loved the atmosphere, the coaching staff and they have great fans," Prunty said.
During his visit, Prunty had the opportunity to have a conversation with head coach Justin Fuente
"It was good. He really likes how I play, and he told me to just keep balling and he's going to keep his eye on me," Prunty said.
Overall, Prunty isn't ready just yet to flip his commitment away from Liberty to Virginia Tech, but he is looking forward to more about the Hokies as he considers
"I have to learn more about Virginia Tech but I’m interested in both schools," Prunty said.
For now, what's clear is that Virginia Tech is ready to make a strong case to Karon Prunty about flipping his commitment from Liberty to the Hokies.