Pratt: "It Felt Right"

Germaine Pratt had previously planned on visiting NC State at the end of May, but the Wolfpack coaches asked him to hold off until the first day of their summer camp.

Germaine Pratt had previously planned on visiting NC State at the end of May, but the Wolfpack coaches asked him to hold off until the first day of their summer camp.

"I wanted to work out so they said just wait until the camp to come up," said Pratt. "It went great. I got to work out at outside linebacker and I think I fit in well there.

"I started slow on some of the drills, but I think I got the hang of it."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder primarily plays safety for High Point Central, but NC State believes that he could be the type of outside linebacker that is extremely valuable against spread offenses.

"It's a great fit," said Central head coach Wayne Jones. "Everyone is going to spread offenses in college so you need those linebackers that can make plays in space. Germaine can do that.

"You put him out there at linebacker and you have a good one that can win almost all of those one-on-one battles that you need to win."

Pratt landed early scholarship offers from NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wake Forest among others, but he knew that his decision would come down to just a few schools.

"My momma wanted me to stay in-state," he said. "She didn't want me to go far away from home, and I've liked NC State since the first time I went up there. It felt right to do it now."

Pratt was on NC State's campus in February for the Wolfpack's Junior Day.

"That's when the new coaches started to recruit me real hard," he said. "They talked about how I would it in their scheme, and I really started to bond with coach White, my recruiting coach."

Following his camp workout, Pratt committed to the Wolfpack's coaching staff. What was their reaction?

"They were all happy," he stated. "The coaches were all happy about it. They all started showing me love like the first day I walked on campus."

"NC State did a great job of recruiting him," said coach Jones. "The coaching staff, they are great. They showed him love... they all did. A lot of places it might be just one coach, but at NC State everyone was showing him love and attention.

"They all have an interest in him, and he felt a family atmosphere there. He can receive a great eduction, and it's a place where his family can go watch him play."

According to coach Jones, NC State assistant Clayton White headed up the recruitment of Pratt.

"Coach White graduated from there and he's from the state of North Carolina, so he wants to see the program get back," said coach Jones. "He wants to get the best players in the state and help his team win. He's a real good guy.

"You can tell he's genuine about the program. When you talk to him you know he's not just selling you on NC State, but also the family atmosphere."

Pratt, who says he is done with recruiting and camps, can now focus on his senior year. Central is coming off a 9-3 season where Pratt totaled 94 tackles, six interceptions, and four pass breakups.

"I'm glad it's over with," said Pratt. "I just wanted to be done with it so I can focus on school and my team.

"I think we're going to have a good year. Everybody just has to do their job and we should be straight."

"Germaine is a leader for us, our defensive captain," said coach Jones. "He does a lot of things for us, in coverage, special teams... even on offense. He has a high football IQ and he's going to work hard on the field and in the film room. He's a ball-hawk that flies around the field.

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