November 13, 2008

Pratt's offer list growing

While the college football season is nearing its end in 2008, the recruiting season is running strong and Naples (Fla.) running back Greg Pratt
is spending much of his free time with a phone to his ear listening to the overtures of college football coaches. Pratt stands 5-foot-8, weighs 164 pounds and has 4.4 speed in the 40, making the three-star back a hot ticket.

According to Pratt, he has scholarship offers from Illinois, Cincinnati, Indiana, N.C. State, Pitt, Liberty, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State and Troy. Pratt's visit schedule will likely include Pitt and Purdue with others to be determined. Pratt has already visited Liberty College and enjoyed his stay.

"It was good," Pratt said of his Liberty visit. "I met with some NFL scouts and the coaches and some NFL players who used to play there."

Pratt said he has been recruited to play both running back and wide receiver and doesn't necessarily have a preference for position - though did say if he plays running back in college, he would like to play at a school that features a strong running game.

"Some schools are recruiting me for running back and some for wideout," Pratt said. "It doesn't really matter. As long as I play on the offensive side and get the ball."

With such a large group of schools to choose from, Pratt said he will take his time and probably decide around signing day. He did say some of the schools have taken themselves out of the equation.

"There are some schools that haven't contacted me since spring, so they are off the list," Pratt said. "The schools that keep recruiting me the hardest, I keep them in there and go from there."

Pratt added he is hearing from Colorado State on a weekly basis and plans to continue talking to the Mountain West school.

"I talked to the coach last week," Pratt said. "He was telling me who they were playing and stuff. I'll keep on talking with him and see what happens after that point."

Pratt shares the backfield at Naples High with Ohio State commit Carlos Hyde. The duo has led Naples to an 8-1 record going into play this weekend. The squad has already qualified for the state playoffs and will take on Riverdale next week. Pratt said the two-headed monster at running back has not

"When I am tired he can run it, and if he gets tired, I run," Pratt said. "We aren't greedy, we don't care who gets the most carries. As long as we win, it is all good."

Pratt said he is finding some time to get away from the recruiting frenzy, spending Wednesday nights at a bible study and Saturdays watching college football - both schools who are recruiting him as well as his favorite team growing up, the Florida Gators.

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