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0 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: DaVonte Pritchard

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In which BracketCat counts down to the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker DaVonte Pritchard.

#0 Elijah Sullivan
Talk about big shoes to fill: Incoming freshman linebacker DaVonte Pritchard will step into the No. 0 jersey worn most recently by Elijah Sullivan, a multiyear starter who played across six seasons.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

KICKOFF. Fighting, ever fighting, for a Wildcat Victory! Go State!

#0 DaVonte Pritchard

True Freshman | 5-10 | 207 lbs. | Gardner, Kansas
DaVonte Pritchard
DaVonte Pritchard
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

DaVonte Pritchard (b. July 7, 2003) is a aggressive linebacker from Gardner Edgerton High School who enrolled early in the spring at K-State and plans on majoring in kinesiology.

He played under head coach Ryan Cornelsen at Gardner Edgerton, where he was viewed as the 43rd-best safety in the Class of 2021 and regarded as the second-best prospect in the state of Kansas by Rivals, while ESPN ranks him as third best.

A first-team all-state honoree in 2020 by both the Kansas Football Coaches Association and Sports in Kansas, Pritchard picked up honorable mention all-state accolades from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle in each of his final two seasons.

He was named to the 2020 Sports Illustrated All-America preseason watch list after he collected 125 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and five interceptions for the Trailblazers during his prep career.

Pritchard was a teammate of fellow 2020 K-State signee Austin Weiner and current K-State offensive lineman Talor Warner. He also competed in track and basketball in high school.

Pritchard chose K-State over interest from Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota State and South Dakota. His primary recruiter was K-State recruiting coordinator Taylor Braet.