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.