• John Macon Gillespie

What Makes Kyziah Pruitt Elite

There’s not much Kyziah Pruitt hasn’t accomplished on the prep level. He emerged as a sophomore for talent-rich Noxubee County, and since that time he’s rounded into one of the state’s best all-around players.

In 2015 and 2017 the Tigers claimed 4A state championships, with Pruitt being a driving force along both runs. Especially last season, when he finished third in the entire state in receiving yardage(1,230) and snagged 13 touchdown passes on 83 receptions. That performance earned him All-SES 2nd team honors for 2017(had been named preseason All-SES team, as well). During his sophomore season he finished with arguably even more impressive numbers - 70 catches for 1,248 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Pruitt has been a force at receiver for two seasons now. But his athleticism has also allowed him to make plays as a defensive back, as well, including three career interceptions. In fact, as a freshman, he saw the bulk of his early varsity playing time on the defensive side of the ball and made some 39 tackles that season. With Pruitt, he is able to stand out because of his combinations of elusiveness and power. He makes moves laterally that few of his peers can replicate, while also possessing the ability to run by you and away from you. However, when defenders are able to remain in his path you see his ability to make power moves through them using his muscled up 6-foot plus frame and raw strength. Though, he’s likely to be an offensive weapon that keeps defensive coordinators up at night on the next level, he could well end up at either running back or on defense if needed.

This fall Pruitt will look to help Noxubee County claim their fourth state title in five seasons, and his third as a Tiger. The run of three in four years that they’re currently on is impressive in its own right, and so is the career that Pruitt has already put together. This season could see it become even more special if he is again able to produce at the level we’ve seen him do so in the past. That would certainly make him one of the frontrunners for 2018 Mr. Elite honors(state’s top senior). For now, he continues to work towards that, as well as the bright future that awaits him on the gridiron.

He joins current Mississippi State defensive lineman - and projected 2019 first-round pick - Jeffery Simmons as the second Noxubee County Tiger to make the Elite 10 since its inception in 2014.

**Release schedule for the 2018 Elite 10**

#1 - Jerrion Ealy | Jackson Prep

#2 - Brandon Turnage | Lafayette

#3 - John Rhys Plumlee | Oak Grove

#4 - Rodrigues Clark | Starkville

#5 - KJ Jefferson | North Panola

#6 - Nakobe Dean | Horn Lake

#7 - Kyziah Pruitt | Noxubee County

#8 - July 16th

#9 - July 23rd

#10 - July 30th

**Photo courtesy of Keith Warren | MHSAA

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