The Midlands Hot 50 #36 also cited "the Cats' coaches and players," along with "the academics and facilities."
"K-State just blew me away," Prater added.
Credit should also go to K-State Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Del Miller, who was tasked with the responsibility of bringing the 6-4, 257-pound TE into the Wildcat fold.
"Ahh, man," Prater said before adding his thoughts on Coach Miller, "Me and Coach Del's relationship is just great. That's not to take anything away from the other coaches who recruited me. But I just felt like I could really relate to Coach Miller. He presented himself to me as a father-figure and we just have a great relationship."
His thoughts on KSU head coach Bill Snyder?
"His name speaks for itself," Prater said. "He's a great guy and I love everything about him. He'll tell you how things are going to be straight-up and doesn't beat around the bush. Aside from that, he's one of the greatest coaches in the business. His winning percentage at K-State is something like 113 wins, 36 losses and one tie. That's a great winning percentage."
Getting an opportunity to ply his trade in the Big 12 conference sold the 3-star tight end on K-State as well...
"It's like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me is the way I look at it," Prater said. "I consider the Big 12 to be one of the best, if not the best, conferences in the country. And I think next year in the North is going to be like it was this year, wide-open. And, getting to compete for Big 12 championships is something that gives me the chance to compete against the best competition in the nation."
The Wildcats will get a kid, who in two seasons, recorded 46 grabs, 650 yards and 12 TDs. They're getting someone, who on a run-oriented team this season, was able to work on his blocking in order to become an every-down tight end.
"With us relying on the run more this season than last," Prater explained, "I was able to see a lot of improvement in my blocking from the beginning of my junior year to the end of my senior year. The strides I made with my technique were tremendous. And, I feel in my heart, that I am now a compete tight end. I am ready to take that ability to the next level."
His message to the K-State alumni/fans: "I just want them to know that they got a very good tight end. The future is bright at K-State and the sky is the limit. We're bringing the Big 12 championship back to Manhattan."