“After visiting the campus I chose LSU,” Pratt said. “I am relieved because now the recruiting process is over with. This is my final decision.”
Pratt (6-2, 220, 4.5), a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 10 ranked running back according to Scout.com, settled on the Tigers after an unofficial visit to this past weekend.
What was it that made him realize that Baton Rouge should be the next place he calls home?
“Everything just came together over the weekend and I knew it was time for me to decide,” Pratt said. “I know Terrance [Tolliver], Jarrett [Lee] and Jarvis [Jones] real well, so getting together with them will be nice.
Though Pratt knew what LSU offered athletically, he was caught off guard when he stepped onto the campus.
“You go to the other big time schools and they just have a room where the team can study,” Pratt said. “LSU has an entire building dedicated just to athletes. It is unbelievable.”
Navasota head coach Lee Fedora said that while LSU is getting an amazing running back, they are landing a prospect that works just as hard in the classroom.
“Dexter has done a tremendous job in handling his academics,” Fedora said. “When schools began recruiting him he started taking summer school classes to get ahead of the game. He has taken the ACT once and is signed up to take it again if need be.”
Pratt’s main concern during the recruiting process was getting the chance to play running back and after this past weekend he saw and heard what he was looking for.
“I got down to LSU and watched some film of the running game with Coach Porter (running backs coach),” Pratt said. “We just sat down and he laid it out. Some of those guys might be gone by the time I get on campus, so the team needs running backs.”
Fedora, whose brother Larry is the head coach at Southern Miss, felt that Pratt found just the right blend of needs in the Tigers.
“Dexter wanted to be looked at like a tailback, and LSU is giving him that chance,” Fedora said. “I think that he has found the right fit both athletically and academically. Dexter said that the entire weekend felt family oriented and that was exactly what he went there looking for.”
Though Pratt’s parents have never visited the campus, the four-star back said that it was of no concern right now.
“My parents know that I can make my own decisions,” Pratt said. “When I got back and told them about everything LSU offered, they did not need to see the campus. In the end they just wanted it to be my choice to make.”
Note: Pratt carried the ball 205 times for 2,058 yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior season.