Former East Mississippi Community College All-America quarterback Dontreal Pruitt has been elevated to full-time status on Buddy Stephens’ EMCC coaching staff after serving as a graduate assistant coach during the Lions’ national championship season a year ago.
Upon returning to the Scooba campus prior to the 2018 football season, Pruitt assisted offensive coordinator David Boykin by primarily working with the Lions’ trio of quarterbacks a year ago, including NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American and Old Dominion signee Messiah deWeaver. Pruitt also recently spent the previous year serving as a defensive graduate assistant at Troy University, where he received his first taste of collegiate coaching experience at his alma mater.
Pruitt also gained additional experience by returning to his hometown to serve as an assistant coach and teaching assistant within the Laurel School District during the 2016-17 school year. In addition to serving as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the junior varsity football team, he also worked with the high school’s varsity baseball club and assisted with the junior varsity basketball squads.
During his two-year playing career (2014-15) at Troy University, Pruitt completed 59 percent (64-of-108) of his passes for 693 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 184 career yards and a touchdown in 63 rushing attempts. His top passing efforts for the Trojans came on the road against a pair of SEC opponents. In a starting nod as a junior versus Georgia, Pruitt threw for a career-high 158 yards on 16-of-27 passing. As a senior against Mississippi State, he accounted for 146 yards of total offense with 90 yards through the air on 12-of-17 passing and a career-most 56 yards on the ground, including a touchdown, on 18 rushing attempts.
Following a standout prep career at Laurel High School, Pruitt began his collegiate career at East Mississippi Community College. He developed into a sophomore starter behind center for the 2013 Lions, while directing the NJCAA’s leading offense to an average of 62.3 points and 610.6 yards of total offense per game during an unbeaten (12-0) national championship season. Pruitt ranked second among the NJCAA’s statistical leaders with 45 passing touchdowns and 3,939 passing yards while ranking fifth in pass completion percentage (64.3%). For his efforts, he was named 2013 NJCAA All-American First Team and collected Region 23 Offensive Most Valuable Player honors.
Pruitt’s successful prep career was capped by leading Coach Milton Smith’s Laurel High School squad to the 2011 Class 4A South State championship. In doing so, Pruitt was named to the Class 4A All-State First Team by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and selected to participate for the South team in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game. As a senior standout for the 13-2 LHS Golden Tornadoes, Pruitt threw for 3,277 yards and 40 touchdowns while completing 58 percent of his passes. On the ground, he added 503 rushing yards and eight scores on 131 attempts.
Pruitt completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Troy University in 2016.