Prather on Nashville: "I like being there"

The school list for Casey Prather will only get bigger before it can grow smaller. The 6-foot-5 wing from Jackson (Tenn.) North Side High School has been one of the top prospects in the 2010 this high school season and the number of coaches that have been in to see him prove it. Vanderbilt has been in and Prather has returned the favor with several trips to Nashville.

The school list for Casey Prather will only get bigger before it can grow smaller.

The 6-foot-5 wing from Jackson (Tenn.) North Side High School has been one of the top prospects in the 2010 this high school season and the number of coaches that have been in to see him prove it.

Make no mistake about it, Vanderbilt is deep in the race for Prather. Rightfully so. He's one of the top players in the Southeast. He's one of the elite athletes nationally. He is steadily improving his already talented game. He's a good student and a hungry prospect. Prather's likability levels are off the charts.

Living roughly two hours away from Nashville, Prather said he has been to Vanderbilt at least five times. Each trip has been positive, Prather says.

"They make me seem like that I'm at the top of their wish list. They've been recruiting me about as hard as anybody. They offered me early. I believe I'm probably one of the their top one of two guys that they are going after," Prather said.

And he's right. The North Side star has a permenant spot atop the wish list at Vanderbilt. Prather says he gets that feeling every time he talks to Kevin Stallings and his staff.

"I like being there. It's peaceful in Nashville. You know when you are in Nashville you are always going to have fun," Prather said. "The team is real nice. They made me feel like I was at home...I always feel comfortable. They do a good job of making me feel comfortable. They are down to earth guys.

"Me and my family have been up to date with everything Vanderbilt has to offer academically. We keep up with their academics, their teachers and students and everything like that."

Prather said he likes the vision that Stallings has for him if he were to pick Vanderbilt.

"[Stallings] thinks I'd be a tremendous athlete that can score on the wing. He said they need another scorer at Vanderbilt in 2010," Prather said. "He said he knows my shot will be really good by the time I get to college. He said he really loves how hard I play and my defense."

Winning the Prather sweepstakes won't be easy. There is a long line of suitors for his services. Outside of the Commodores, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Miami, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Virginia and a host of mid-level schools have offered a scholarship, he said.

The interest is growing, too.

"Recruiting is getting very intense for me. It's going along smoothly. There are a lot of schools that seem like they really want me," Prather said. "I've been developing my outside shot and my perimeter skills are getting better. I guess if you keep working hard, you are going to get [the scholarship offers.]"

Cutting the list down to a managable number will be tough, he said, but it will also be necessary as the summer quickly approaches.

"My dad and I were talking about narrowing it down after my junior season," he said.

Vanderbilt, Prather says, will make the cut when he trims the list down at the end of the season.

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