Pratt, a 6-2, 220-pounder with 4.5 speed, finished his junior season at Navasota (Texas) with 205 carries for 2,058 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Pratt and Shepard got to Baton Rouge late Friday night and their Saturday got started with some early action.
“I got to go the scrimmage and then after that we went over to the indoor facility and the gave out their (BCS) championship rings they just won,” Pratt said.
The Texas tandem had breakfast with the coaches on Sunday and then Pratt got to see a little more of what LSU had to offer along with a long talk with LSU’s running backs coach.
“They showed me all of the rooms the players live in and all of the academic facilities and athletic facilities,” he said. “I talked to coach Porter too for a while and he told me how they hadn’t recruited a tailback for two years and that they needed one like me.”
Pratt holds offers Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and many of the schools that recruit in the Lonestar State.
Growing up in Texas, he was already familiar with many of the schools recruiting him since he is in Big 12 country but now he knows a little more about LSU.
“I didn’t really know anything about the school before except for what I got from talking to the coaches and to other people but now I see what everyone was talking about,” he said. “It’s a nice campus and everyone is real friendly. You can tell they care about their players from all of the facilities they have.”
Did the trip help LSU’s cause with the 4-star back?
”Yea, it helped,” he said. “They’re higher up my list now.”
Does it also help that his friend Russell Shepard will be playing his college ball down on the bayou?
“Yea, that helps,” he said. “That helps.”