October 21, 2008
Sunshine speedster offered by CSU
With two commitments out of the Sunshine State in the last week, the Colorado State football program's commitment to recruit speed has clearly taken a turn south. Continuing that theme is Naples, Fla. running back Greg Pratt, owner of a 4.2-second 40-yard-dash.
The 5-foot-8, 164-pound back currently holds offers from Colorado State, Indiana, Cincinnati, Illinois, Middle Tennessee State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Charleston Southern and Liberty. Purdue may also join that list shortly, with all the schools looking at Pratt as either a running back or a slot receiver.
This season, Pratt has led his Naples team - the defending Class 3A champs - to a 6-1 record, including a win over Barron Collier last weekend that saw Pratt run for 195 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries.
"I like to get the ball a lot. They can put me in a slot and get different ways to get me the ball. I am also a punt returner and a kick returned."
Pratt added that despite his relatively small stature, he gets the bulk of his yards between the tackles. He also said he has idolized Emmett Smith and said his running style is similar to the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
Currently Pratt has just one campus visit planned, that to Liberty College on Oct. 25. He said he is also setting up a visit to Pitt. Others visit plans will follow. Thus far Pratt says he has no favorites and said CSU's coaching staff has visited him in Florida.
"I looked in to them," said Pratt about CSU. "I am interested in all the schools that offer me. I talk to the CSU coaches once a week."
Pratt said he is hoping to find a school that allows him a good relationship with his coaches, a good academic reputations as well as impressive facilities.
Pratt is nothing if not athletic. In addition to the 4.2 40-yard-dash, he also has a bench press of 270, a squat of 390 and a 34-inch vertical leap.
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