"Right now, I like LSU because they are pretty close to home, and they have said I could play both football and baseball," said Prater. "One of my coaches actually played baseball at LSU and has nothing but good things to say about it. They also showed interest in me early on. I got my offer the Friday after signing day."
Prater is also a standout on the diamond, where he plays first base, third base and outfield.
"It's good to have another sport to play during the football off-season," he said. "I enjoy playing both, but right now football is probably my top sport because it's where I'm getting the most attention. I would like to play both if possible."
Other than playing multiple sports, additional factors he weighs heavily include the quality of academics at the school and how comfortable he is in the program.
"It would be nice to stay close to home," he said, "but as long as I feel comfortable at a school, it will be fine. Academics are also a big thing because I've got to get a degree, as well as play ball."
Because of his involvement in baseball, Prater has only been able to visit Texas Tech's Junior Day, but says he plans to visit other schools this summer.
"I couldn't get to LSU's Junior Day because of a schedule conflict," he said. "This summer, I'm playing on a traveling baseball team, and I'm going to try and work it out so I can leave a tournament early to take an unofficial visit to LSU."
He added that he has built a good relationship with the coaching staff at LSU, and that he stays in contact with them regularly.
"I talk to coach Peveto about once a week in one way or another," he said. "It's been good because he's in charge of recruiting my area, and he's also the linebacker coach. My head coach is good friends with him, and they've kept in touch pretty well."
"I've also talked to coach Miles a little. I called him up after I got my offer and talked for a little while. They keep telling me how excited they are about me and that they want me in the LSU program."
As for the Tiger baseball program,
Prater says he has not talked to anyone just yet, but that he hopes to get in
touch with them soon.
Prater said that, because many football players at his school are involved in other sports as well, their spring practices would be limited to allow for an additional scrimmage in the fall. He will then spend the summer working hard to fulfill a list of goals he has set up prior to his senior season.
"I could always put on a little more weight, as long as I keep my speed," he said. "I'd like to get up to 220 lbs. I also need to work on my reads and watch more film to get to know offenses and defenses better."
"I was invited to the Nike
camp this summer. I know I'm going to do that, and I'm going to try to go to one
of the Scout.com combines. The LSU football camp conflicted with baseball, but
hopefully I'll be able to make it there for a visit."