In-State Ties Weigh Strongly For Pratt

One of the top five prospects in West Virginia in the class of 2016, Capital High School athlete Tyrhee Pratt committed to West Virginia on a junior day visit on Sunday. The multi-talented threat gave exclusive comments to BlueGoldNews.com after his decision.

Tyrhee Pratt got an early offer from West Virginia last year as the Mountaineers moved aggressively to get the best players in the state in Gold and Blue. Following the footsteps of two other in-state players, Pratt committed to West Virginia during his Sunday junior day visit to the Mountaineer campus.

Pratt, a 6-2 quarterback who was recruited as a potential multi-positional player by the Mountaineers, noted that the home tie was an important part of his decision.

"It's good. It's good to commit at home," he said upon becoming the third West Virginian to offer a commitment. "It's big to commit here. It's the first time I've been through [the recruiting process], so I'm happy about it."

Pratt joins in-staters Dylan Tonkery and Reese Donahue as 2016 pledges, giving the Mountaineers five in the class. The momentum built by those early commitments, combined with the statewide support of WVU, were also important.

"There's a lot of excitement up here. It's a great school, and I like everything they tell me about it," Pratt said. "There are great players here, and I love the atmosphere up here."

A somewhat slender runner and thrower, Pratt knows he will have to work to build himself up to withstand the rigors of Division 1 football. While recognizing those things, he is also confident that he can achieve them.

"I think I will be ready. I have to work and finish high school and get back in the weight room. I have to get stronger. That's how you get ready for college."

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