December 29, 2008

Pratt choosing visit schools

Naples (Fla.) running back Greg Pratt has begun the next step in his college recruitment, setting up visits to four schools and narrowing down two schools to fit into this fifth allowed visit. Pratt ran for 1,040 yards and 13 scores this season, averaging 8.3 yards along the way. Pratt also led Naples in receiving, picking up 17 catches for 277 yards.

The month of January will be big for Pratt as he attempts to narrow down his list of colleges by the Feb. 4 signing day. He has set up a visit for Troy on Jan. 9; Middle Tennessee State on Jan. 16 and Pitt on Jan. 24. Right now Colorado State and Purdue are fighting for his last available official visit. He has already been to Liberty College on an unofficial visit.

"I am really excited," Pratt said about his visits. "I can't wait to see the schools and see what they have to offer."

Colorado State may see a visit and has the advantage of the fact they are also recruiting Pratt's teammate Juno Prodholm on their side. The two have played football together since Pop Warner and Pratt said, although they are not necessarily a package, it would be fun to play collegiately with his boyhood friend.

"It would be nice to play at the same college," Pratt said. "Some colleges want a package deal - me and him. We are doing one visit for sure together and I think me and him will go to Colorado State together."

Prudholm ended his season with 63 completions in 123 attempts for 1,111 yards. He threw for 13 touchdowns and just five interceptions. he also ran for 802 yards and 5.9 yards per carry.

"Juno is a really strong guy and fast for how big he is," Pratt said selling his friend.

Pratt handicapped the leaders in the clubhouse for his services.

"Troy - I like the atmosphere and they are a program that is growing," he said. "They have only one or two running backs on a scholarship. I have a good chance of coming up and playing early."

"Middle Tennessee State - I like the atmosphere and the coaches. I liked the way they plan on them using me," Pratt said.

"Pitt - They are actually taking me as an athlete. I like that and I like the coaches and the relationship I have had with their coaches. They have been with me for a long time, so I like that."

"Colorado State - I talked to them a few minutes ago. I was talking to the coach (Rams tight ends coach Marc Lubick) about how his holiday went and stuff like that. He sounds like a nice coach. I am getting to know him pretty well."

"Purdue - I don't really know if I will visit for sure, but they are moving a lot of wideouts, but I think I could make an impact to come in and play early."

"Liberty - I like everything. When I visited there, it was a really nice school. the weight room was huge. They have a nice strength program and their senior running back is leaving. I like their coaches and the atmosphere when I was there. It is a nice environment and nice place."

This spring Pratt will run track for Naples in the 100, 200 and 4x100 meter relays. Last year Pratt ran the 200 and was on Naples' 4x100 meter relay team that finished fourth in the state.

Pratt is reluctant to name any favorites, but did mention he is still considering Colorado State.

"They are still standing pretty well right now," Pratt said. "I am enjoying the recruiting thing. I'll keep talking to coaches and stuff and hopefully I'll go up (to visit Fort Collins) and enjoy myself."

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