Pack Eyeing Naples Running Back

Pack Pride has the latest on standout Naples (FL) tailback Greg Pratt and his interest in NC State.

At 5-9 and 165 pounds, Naples (FL) High School tailback Greg Pratt may not be the biggest running back around but he’s certainly one of the most electrifying. His amazing quickness and elusiveness have helped propel him as one of Florida’s top players for the class of 2009.

As a junior Pratt spearheaded the Naples offensive attack, tallying 1,449 yards and 16 touchdowns on 149 carries. He carried the Golden Eagles to a perfect record and 17-10 win over St Augustine in the 3A state championship game. Pratt finished the year by being named all-conference, offensive player of the year, and 2nd team all-state.

A blur on the field, Pratt has shown the ability to excel at running back or catching the ball out of the backfield. That versatility combined with amazing natural ability is what makes Pratt so special.

“A lot of them (colleges) are talking to me about special teams or wide receiver or slot back,” said Pratt. “I think my strongest suit on the field is my speed and the way I can make people miss.”

So far Pratt has landed scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Troy, NC State and Pittsburgh with heavy interest coming from Wake Forest, Auburn, Rutgers and Virginia. The Pack has made steady contact with the rising senior but Pratt admits he still has a lot to learn about NC State’s program.

“They’ve been sending me a lot of letters and stuff,” he said. “I don’t know a lot about them right now but we have a former player at State, Jamelle Eugene who is doing real good up there. I’m planning to visit. I went to North Carolina back in December and I liked it up there.”

Pratt said he’s got three schools that have really caught his attention in the early stages of recruiting.

“Right now, Cincinnati is on top, then Troy and then NC State. I would say Cincinnati is showing me the most interest. Troy was actually the first school to offer me.”

The rising senior said he isn’t in a rush to make a college decision but would like to have it out of the way by the end of the 2008 season.

“I’m just waiting to see what teams get involved,” he said. “I think before my senior season ends I’ll make a commitment.”

Pratt is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 45 RB in the nation by Scout.com.


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