Starkville's Prater commits to ULL
Starkville High School's Chris Prater (52) assists on a tackle last season. (Kim Murrell/SDN)
Whichever school that acquired the services of Starkville High School's Chris Prater on the football field was going to have to meet all of his needs, including academics.
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That's exactly what the University of Louisiana-Lafayette has done.
After taking his visit to the school in south Louisiana, Prater decided to cease with the suspense and commit to the Ragin' Caguns.
"(The visit) went very well and better than I anticipate," Prater said. "I didn't know I would find a school that would meet everything on my list so soon.
"They answered all of the questions I was looking for in a university. Their academics is top of the line and that's very important to me because I want to go into electrical engineering. It was just a good visit all of the way around."
Prater informed Jamie Mitchell, his high school coach with the Yellow Jackets, of his decision to attend Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday morning.
Mitchell said he will sit down with Prater and his mother this week to prepare everything for his eventual signing on Feb. 2.
"I'm tickled to death for him," Mitchell said. "He's worked so hard academically and football-wise. A Division I scholarship is a huge honor obviously. I'm proud for him."
Mitchell said Prater proved to be valuable on both sides of the football at SHS.
"I think the folks that have been recruiting him have seen the upside in him," Mitchell said. "He 6-foot-4 and only weighs about 225 or 230 now. He's one of those kids that may wake up tomorrow and be 260. He's going to be a big, big young man very soon.
"He's got such good academics that they don't have to worry about him getting into grade trouble. He's going to do a great job in the classroom as well."
Prater said he may take one more visit during the recruiting process, but he's confident that he's already made of his mind about his destination.
"I'm going to be a Ragin' Cagun," Prater said.