Hargrave Military Academy’s postgraduate football program continues to bring in top talent from up and down the east coast (and a few from the midwest this year). Head Coach Robert Prunty takes pride in the effort his staff has put into helping Hargrave become one of the premier prep programs in the country.
“We work harder,” Prunty said. “We work hard at it. I mean, [Hargrave President] Colonel Baker and the guys work as a team here. I think it’s that team effort…we’ve got that team atmosphere. That’s what’s helping us. We’re real excited about our team atmosphere here.”
The hard work, both on and off the field, has helped Hargrave earn the trust of many colleges. Colleges continue to place their top recruits and recommend prospects to the program – a sign college coaches respect what Prunty and company are accomplishing with these players.
“I think we have a good relationship with every college coach in the country,” Prunty said. “I think they know the product that we have, and the product that we put out as far as the players go. Even the signed guys that come in that are good, they know they’re going to get better. If you look at our schedule, we probably play the toughest prep schedule in the country, so they’re going to get competition. They’re also going to get good coaching.”
With 17 of Hargrave’s 2004-2005 players having signed with Division I-A programs in February earlier this year, the squad could rival last year’s highly talented team. This year’s team looks to be extremely balanced, with almost every position looking strong. According to Prunty, there is only one possible area of concern heading into the season.
“I think that every position has got a lot of strength to it,” Prunty said. “Defensive line is going to be very good. The linebackers are going to be very good. I think my main concern is going to be the secondary because we don’t really have any big-name guys in the secondary. The offense is solid. Offensive line is solid, as is running backs, quarterbacks and receivers. So, secondary is the thing that’s worrying me a little bit.”
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