Prater Makes It 3

Shaun Prater, a 5-11, 170 pound, 4.4 corner out of Omaha Central High School has given the Hawkeyes their third DB commitment in 24 hours. The speedy star becomes the sixth known commitment of the 2008 class. Read more from Shaun about Iowa, his commitment, and much more in this premium recruiting update.

Shaun Prater, a 5-11, 170 pound CB out of Central High School in Omaha Nebraska has committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes, rounding out a 24-hour period that saw 3 commitments to the Hawks. Communication with the staff was something that really helped sway Prater toward Iowa.

"I think the main focus was that I had a good relationship with Coach Morgan and the rest of the staff," he said. "He kept in touch a lot, I think that was the major focus in the commitment."

Prater, who has visited the Iowa campus 3 or 4 times, said he immediately liked his surroundings, especially Kinnick Stadium and the practice facilities. Apparently, the Hawkeyes liked him as well.

"They just said that I would fit perfectly in their defense and wanted me to come down for a camp," he said. "Based on my performance at camp they said they would probably offer me. The next morning, they offered me."

When it came time for a decision, Prater was picking between Iowa and Iowa State, the only other offer he held.

"I called (Coach Morgan) and told them I was ready to commit and that I would be a proud Hawkeye," he said. "He was pretty excited about that, and he had me talk to the rest of the coaching staff."

Iowa's gotten several high-quality players from Nebraska, which may have helped sway Prater's decision.

"I didn't really associate with them, but I followed their careers in high school," he said. "Adam Shada and Jeff Tarpinian played cornerback at Millard North, so I got a chance to watch a couple of their games. I saw that they fit in perfectly at Iowa. I thought I would be able to fit in too."

Many Iowa fans have lamented a lack of speed in the Iowa secondary for years. With Prater joining fellow commitment DeMarco Paine, DB speed is something Iowa will have in spades in a few years.

"They saw my speed, I can cover up the field from sideline to sideline," he said of his strengths. "My aggressiveness. I used to always get down there on kickoffs, making tackles.

"Last time I ran the 40 was at my high school, I ran it three times. My first time was a 4.42, the second time was a 4.4 flat. "

Prater said he finished the year with 65 tackles, 5 pass break ups, 3 sacks, and a couple fumble recoveries and forced fumbles.


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