RECRUITING: Omaha TE 'loves' Oklahoma

Omaha, Neb. tight end Nate Prater (6-4, 270, 4,7) says he'd be interested in Oklahoma if they show interest in him.


If you are looking for a big, physical tight end that has good enough hands to keep the defense honest, then Nate Prater is your man. Playing at powerhouse Central High, Prater is a rare four-year starter at tight end and defensive end.

"My freshman year I started at defensive end and I was the second tight end," said Prater. "Now, things have evolved for me and I would have to say that tight end is my better position. I like being able to have a chance to be a playmaker, to get the ball in my hands so that I can make plays. I would say that my main focus right now is blocking. That is something that I love to do, but I can make plays catching the ball as well."

Prater caught 28 passes for 405 yards and eight touchdowns and finished with 10 sacks on defense. Prater can bench 315 pounds, squats 515 and he has posted a nice 30-inch vertical jump.

Prater has attended the Iowa camp before his junior season and was told he was the best prospect at their camp. This summer Prater hopes to go to Nebraska's one-day camp, but that depends on whether that camp conflicts with his AAU summer basketball schedule.

Prater says he has been offered by Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State at this point, but more are on the way.

"Michigan has basically offered, but it just isn't official yet," said Parter. "Oklahoma, Nebraska, Purdue and Iowa are all considering offering me, and all of them say that offers could be coming soon. My top five schools right now are Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Iowa State and Kansas.

"I love Oklahoma. My family is always cheering for them. They love Coach (Bob) Stoops and they have great coaches. Now that they have Bo Pelini, I just feel Oklahoma is awesome all the way around. All schools are even with me right now, but the Sooners have a legitimate shot if they are interested."

Nate has the GPA and he takes the ACT for the first time this Saturday.

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