Sooners a Favorite for Prater

Kyle Prater is a two-sport athlete that has a chance of playing both baseball and football at the collegiate level and brings the athleticism and speed to the linebacker position that any school would certainly love to have in its arsenal. Prather recently named a top two of Oklahoma and LSU in an interview with and we expanded on that recently with him.

Kyle Prater is enjoying his summer, playing baseball and visiting schools that he could potentially spend the next four to five years of his life. Recently Prather told Allen Wallace of that Oklahoma and LSU led for his services and when we caught up with the 6-foot-2, 215-pound outside linebacker he expanded a bit on why the Sooners rank so high with him.

"Right now my leaders are definitely LSU and Oklahoma, but I will be flying to Nebraska on Wednesday and would say they round out my top three at this point," Prater said. "I feel like it's pretty hard to go wrong with any of these programs because when it comes down to it they are all very similar in many ways and have a tradition of winning that not many programs do."

"When I was at the Oklahoma spring game I was able to talk to Coach (Brent) Venables for a long time and he gave me some good facts on the Oklahoma program and told me they really wanted me there," Prater explained. "I also met with my recruiting coordinator Coach Bobby Jack Wright and sat in on a defensive backs meeting with him for a while. After that Coach (Bob) Stoops took me into his office and spoke to me in private for a while and said that from what the coaches told him I was a player they really needed in this class. He talked a lot about the tradition at Oklahoma and seemed like a very intellectual guy. To tell the truth I wasn't really prepared to talk to him when I went there, so it didn't really soak in until I left that I had just talked to Bob Stoops. It's actually all a bit overwhelming because he is such a great coach and his record really speaks for itself."

While Prather is very high on the Oklahoma program you could tell speaking with him that LSU is a school that is going to be tough to beat out for his services. Prater spoke a bit about the contact he has had with the Sooner staff since his visit and what he likes about the school and program.

"Both Coach Wright and Coach Venables have been recruiting me and they do a great job of keeping me up to date on who is committing and how many spots they have left at my position," Prater stated. "We've had the opportunity to build a pretty good relationship to this point and I could definitely see myself going to both LSU and Oklahoma at this point. I think it is going to be really tough to pick between the two and I don't know what it will be like after I see Nebraska this week."

"A big thing for me with the Sooners is just their history," Prater added. "They have won a lot of national championships over the years and I have watched them play a lot because they are a huge school around here just like Texas is. I've been watching the Red River Shootout since I was a kid and have always had Oklahoma in the back of my mind, especially since Texas did not recruit me. I like the personality and feeling of Norman and think it's a really positive place to be."

As for a decision, Prater hopes to make one before his senior season, but admits that if the decision doesn't come easily he would have no problem taking all five official visits to make sure the decision he is making is what he truly wants. For now he has been playing baseball and is also being recruited on the diamond.

"I've had a few MLB scouts look at me and was recently clocked at 90mph by a Los Angeles Dodgers scout," Prater said. "I've been getting recruited by some colleges for baseball too and LSU is encouraging me to play both if I go there. I play a few different positions, but I am essentially a closer."

Prather currently holds offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor, Rice and Purdue. He recently ran a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash and has really worked to improve his speed over the summer.

As a junior at Tivy High School, the Kerryville, Texas standout registered 126 tackles, 82 solos, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also returned an interception for a touchdown and was named All-Area newcomer of the year. Prater benches 315 pounds, squats 425 and has a 35-inch vertical jump.

Academically, Prater reports a 3.5 core GPA, a 1560 three-part SAT and a 1070 two-part SAT.

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