Prater's Recruitment Begins To Heat Up

While Kyle Prater will sign a letter of intent to a major university on National Signing Day next February, that week this year was still an exciting one for the standout linebacker out of Kerrville, Texas. Two days after the class of 2007 solidified their college plans, Prater received scholarship offers from Oklahoma and LSU.

Around that same time, Notre Dame upped the amount of mail they'd been sending the Tivy High junior. Now Prater is finding a letter with the Golden Dome on it in his mailbox almost everyday.

One of the best players in the state, Kyle Prater also has scholarship offers from Nebraska and Texas Tech. He said he is pretty interested in learning more about Notre Dame.

"I just like the program," he stated. Texas, Texas A&M, Georgia and Oklahoma State have also been flooding his mailbox. "I know they've had a lot of success in the past. From what I can see, the place looks inviting, and I can see myself playing at a place like that."

Everyone probably saw Prater playing major college football somewhere. His grandfather played football and basketball at Baylor. His father, John Prater, was an offensive lineman at Kansas. His uncle, Dean Prater, suited up at Oklahoma State. His older brother, also named John, is a linebacker at Wyoming. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Prater appears to be the most high profile recruit of them all. From time to time, he lets his brother know about it.

"I mess with him a little bit about it," Prater said with a laugh. "But he can still come down here and play a football game with me, and let me know who's boss."

Prater let Tivy High's opponents know who was boss on Friday nights. He racked up 126 tackles, with six of those coming for loss including two sacks. He was named first team all-Greater San Antonio area.

Nebraska thought enough of Prater to offer him on Sept. 1, the first day juniors could receive scholarship offers.

"It was pretty exciting," Prater said. "I wasn't expecting anything like that so soon."

Texas Tech offered Prater at their recent junior day.

Pitching, playing first base, third base and some outfield for the school's baseball team, Prater said he has been told by LSU that he could play both for them. Baylor has also started to show interest in his baseball skills. Prater didn't remember his stats from his sophomore year.

"I just think it would be really fun to play two sports in college," Prater said. "I think it would help me get a lot further in life and give me some options. I can improve a lot in baseball and you never know."

With his summer baseball schedule, traveling to tournaments and what not, Prater doesn't know when he will have a chance to check out schools. He lists the schools that have offered as his favorites, but has only seen Texas Tech. He wants to try and make it to the other three. If another school offers, Prater might be able to find some time to check the school out.

Prater's only been to one combine and zero camps, again because of his demanding baseball schedule. He attended the U.S. Army National Combine as a sophomore in San Antonio. He hopes to also make it to a few more of those this summer, and has been looking at the brochures sent by Irish recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello regarding Notre Dame's camp.

Prater reported that he recently ran a 4.62 40-yard dash. He said earlier in the year he ran a 4.54. He can rep 185 pounds 22 times on the bench press, and max out at 305 pounds. He said he can squat 425 pounds, and has a core GPA of 3.5.

Leaving Texas will not be a problem for Prater regarding his college decision.

"It sounds kind of exciting to get away from the house for awhile," Prater said. "Not sure how I will react to no home cooking, but I'd like to get out and see what's out there, maybe out of state, but it will be at the program I fit best at.

"I'm looking for good academics, what all they have to offer for that, the athletics and how I will fit in to what I'm going to be doing for the team. and socially, what the campus and people are like." Top Stories