Focus '06: Daniel Pratl

When it comes to college football prospects, most DI prospects don't have both the football talent and academic prowess to be accepted by top academic schools such as Duke, Stanford, or Wake Forest. Cardinal Gibbons High School fullback and linebacker Daniel Pratl has this unique combination and schools around the area are beginning to take notice.

Fullback/linebacker Daniel Pratl had an excellent junior season for Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) High School. During that season, the 5'11 ½, 235 pound prospect recorded 118 overall tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumbled recoveries, three tipped passes, two blocked field goals, and a blocked punt. He was also able to maintain a 3.6 GPA and over a 1200 on his SATs.

Pratl credits his great junior campaign to the fact that he has a knack for getting to the ball and is always in the game mentally. "I'm constantly in the game emotionally and always knowing where the ball is at all times," Pratl said. "It's a constant thing, you've always got to know where the ball is [to make the plays.]"

Pratl is also impressive in the weightroom where he benches 330 pounds. He can also lift 15 reps of 225. Thanks to Pratl's play on the field, his work ethic in the weight room, and his academics, Pratl has begun to hear from a host of schools.

To date, Duke, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia, and Virginia Tech are among the schools that have shown interest in Pratl. The Cavaliers have asked him to visit and he plans to make a visit to Virginia soon. He will make an unofficial visit to Duke this weekend as well, visiting the Durham based school for their Friday evening practice.

This summer, Pratl expects to have a busy camp and combine season, beginning with the upcoming Nike Camp in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech. He'll also attend the Shrine Bowl Combine at Ragsdale, the N.C. State team camp, UNC's individual three-day camp, Duke's three-day camp, Virginia's three-day camp, and Wake Forest's all day camp.

Pratl also plans to continue to work on his game this summer as well, especially his speed. "Speed mainly," Pratl said when asked what he plans to work on. "I already have strength. I've worked on that for years. Getting faster is the main thing I need to work on."

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