Blue chip RB discusses recruiting process

Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the No. 1 ranked running back in the class of 2009. The Navasota native has grown up in the shadows of Kyle Field, so what does that mean for the Aggies? What makes him such a great running back? AW has all of that and more.

Running backs have always been a staple of the talent pipeline in the lone star state. The Class of 2009 will be no different with several backs poised to be national recruits in the upcoming recruiting season. At the top of that list in Texas is Navasota playmaker Dexter Pratt.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound blue chip is rated as the top running back in the state, ranking No. 7 overall in the recently released M&W/Aggie Websider 2009 Top 100. His junior numbers back that up, generating 2054 yards rushing and 356 yards in receiving and 24 touchdowns scored.

So what's the key to his success on the field?

"It's my combination of size and speed, and my ability to see the field and hit the hole," Pratt said. "I think I have pretty good hands too. The coaches use me out of the backfield a lot."

Despite his dominant performances during his junior campaign, Pratt continues to strive for improvement and looks to have another big season as a senior.

"You can always get stronger and faster. I ran a 4.48 at the Texas camp last year so I feel my speed is pretty good but I can get faster," Pratt said. "But mainly, I want to get stronger. That's what I want to focus on this offseason."

However, many D-1 coaches are already hot in pursuit based on his junior performances. He's already hearing from major programs such as Texas A&M, OU, OSU, Arkansas, Texas, and LSU. But don't expect a quick decision from the Navasota Rattler, as he's comfortable taking his time with the recruiting process.

"It's still early," Pratt said. "I don't have any leaders and I'll take my time looking at my options. I'll probably wait until after my senior season to narrow down my choices and pick a school."

Living just 25 miles from College Station, Pratt has had an opportunity to see Texas A&M up-close and personal having attended a couple of games, including the Montana State home game last fall.

Pratt noticed head coach Mike Sherman at a recent basketball game, and the Aggies are showing strong interest. However, it's the Longhorns who will play host to the talented runner at its first junior day.

"I'm scheduled to attend the Texas junior day on February 10," Pratt said. "It's the only junior day I've scheduled. I probably won't go anywhere else because of basketball."

Given his extraordinary talent as a running back, college coaches will be willing to withstand the long wait to secure the signature of Pratt, who plans to take all of his visits before selecting his collegiate destination.

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