Recruiting: Pratt To Enroll Friday

Running back Dexter Pratt of Navasota, Texas has experienced the gamut of emotions in recent weeks. But the uncertainty of being able to enroll for the spring semester as planned because of a hangup over one of his classes with the NCAA Clearinghouse was cleared up Thursday. Thus, Pratt packed up Thursday afternoon and is heading to Oklahoma State to enroll Friday morning for the spring semester.

"I'm real excited and I look at this like a great chance, a fantastic opportunity," said Pratt, who was in Stillwater with his parents last weekend on an official visit. "The town, the college town, was something I really loved. They have great facilities and most of all the coaches are very helpful. The coaching staff played a big part in my decision to be a Cowboy."

Give some credit to wide receiver DeMarcus Conner, who served as Pratt's player host on campus and drew mention from Pratt. Pratt said he would still be signing with the Cowboys and heading to Oklahoma State even if he had not been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse but this makes it much better.

"Hopefully, I will be able to benefit from getting the playbook early," said Pratt of what he hopes to accomplish this spring. "Then I can get bigger, stronger, faster and get a jump on a chance to play. I'd like to play early if I'm ready."

This past season the 6-2, 225-pound, 4.48 standout rushed for 1,353 yards and 19 touchdowns on 180 carries as the highly regarded running back showed that his talent was ready for the collegiate level.

Navasota head coach Lee Fedora said opponents ganged up on him this year and being the team player, Pratt did a lot of blocking and helped other players as playmakers in an offense identical to what OSU runs. He was Honorable Mention All-State and All-District and District MVP. As a junior he gained 2,054 yards and scored 20 touchdowns.

Pratt calls himself a big back, different than a lot of the scat backs that you see. He didn't give a definitive on whether he would run over or around an opposing defender citing that it would depend on the situation.

"I can make somebody miss if I need to and I do have good hands," continued Pratt in describing himself as a player.

He said his favorite food is pizza, pepperoni pizza, and Stillwater being a college town, Cowboy fans know he will have no trouble finding plenty of that. Pizza being far from the reason, he is just happy to be on his way to college.

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