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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Karon Prunty becomes 3rd potential starter for KU defense to transfer to SEC

Oklahoma wide receiver Theo Wease (10) is upended by Kansas cornerback Karon Prunty (9) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma wide receiver Theo Wease (10) is upended by Kansas cornerback Karon Prunty (9) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Three would-be starters for the 2021 Kansas football defense instead will compete in the SEC this fall. Former KU cornerback Karon Prunty announced Saturday evening he has committed to play at South Carolina.

Prunty’s relocation to the football-crazed Power Five conference in the southeast followed similar decisions from former KU nose tackle Da’Jon Terry and former defensive end Marcus Harris, as all three used the transfer portal to leave the Jayhawks following the completion of spring practices in early May.

The first to exit the program as it transitioned out of the short-lived Les Miles era, Terry transferred to Tennessee, while Harris left for Auburn.

After a breakthrough freshman year at KU in 2020, Prunty, who announced his decision to leave in early June, ultimately chose South Carolina over Tennessee, revealing his choice on Twitter.

A 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback from Portsmouth, Va., Prunty was named to 247 Sports’ True Freshman All-American team last year. He broke up 10 passes in his first college season, tying him for first among all FBS freshmen in that category.

While playing 525 total snaps for KU’s defense, Prunty recorded one interception and didn’t allow a single touchdown on a pass thrown his direction over the course of nine games as a true freshman starter.

Per Pro Football Focus, QBs only completed 38.5% of their passes when they threw at Prunty.

The versatile and stingy cornerback also made 26 total tackles, a tackle for loss and forced a fumble during his one year at KU.

Although the Jayhawks have benefited from the transfer portal in recent weeks, as six former Buffalo players followed new head coach Lance Leipold to KU, Prunty became the third surefire starter for the KU defense to transfer since the new coach took over.

Prunty, Harris and Terry all signed with KU when Miles was still the head coach and DJ Eliot was the defensive coordinator.

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KU players to leave since Lance Leipold took over

• Karon Prunty, sophomore CB (South Carolina)

• Marcus Harris, sophomore DE (Auburn)

• Da’Jon Terry, sophomore DT (Tennessee)

• Valerian Agbaw Jr., sophomore CB (Charlotte)

Comments

Edward Daub 4 months ago

The Gamecocks just landed a unique talent. Prunty's coverage skills are exceptional, he can "blanket receivers" with the best of them. He does however have "hands of balsa wood", and struggles to catch the ball, 1 INT! Time will tell if he can excel in the SEC.

Michael Maris 4 months ago

I understand a lot of transfer player's desire to play in the SEC Conference. However, if your a CB and have potential elite coverage skills, isn't the Big XII the more "Pass Happy" Conference vs. the SEC?

We shall see if Karon Prunty made the right decision for his future.

Karon, I sure hated to see you leave the Jayhawks.

Good Luck.......

Andy Godwin 4 months ago

He has the talent to play on Sundays. I just wish he was playing on Fridays/Saturdays for KU. Miles did help improve the talent level during his truncated tenure. Let's hope the current coaching staff can find underrated players and "coach them up". We need players who want to build a sustainable program at KU and who do not view KU as their minor league team; waiting to be drafted by the SEC.

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