Darnell Pratt is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound Wide Receiver that made Honorable Mention All-CNY and 1st All-League in 2004.
Pratt averaged an amazing 31 yards per catch as he caught 13 passes for 650 yards and 8 touchdowns. He led his football team to the Section semi-finals after the team went winless the year before. He also led the Nottingham Basketball team to Class A Section title and a trip to the New York State Final Four. Pratt is widely recognized by many as one of the top ten football players in New York State for this upcoming season.
Nottingham High School (Syracuse, NY) football coach Paul Sealy knows his star player Darnell Pratt is special.
"We were winless the season before last and he led us to the Section playoffs for the first time in about ten years"
Nottingham High School is a small inner city school in Syracuse, NY that competes in the New York State Class A division (which means schools with enrollment under 1000 students but over 800). For the better part of the last ten years their football program has been somewhat of the laughingstock of Central New York football. That all changed until Darnell Pratt joined the varsity football team in 2004.
"Darnell came in and exceeded all our expectations. This was his first year playing varsity football and he simply dominated. There was nobody in our league that could guard him. You simply throw him the ball and he gets it. He is the best football player to come out of this high school since Dorsey Levens (NFL running back for the Philadelphia Eagles). This season we're expecting Darnell to take us some place this school hasn't seen in a long time, the sectional championship game. I think we have the team to do it with his leadership."
New York State High School football is broken up into sections, which display the region of the state. Nottingham High School is in Section 3, which is the Central New York region. If a team wins their section championship they move on to the state playoffs and play other section championship winners.
Numerous Division 1A schools from the Big Ten and Big East have sent mail to Darnell but three schools have set themselves apart from the rest.
"Darnell says Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers have been recruiting him the hardest. I am surprised he doesn't have any offers as of now. I think part of it is we are a small inner city school that has not had any kind of success in a long time so college coaches don't really come and check out our games. That will change this year."
As of now Pratt plans on camping at Syracuse this summer with the entire Nottingham high school football team.