"I reached my decision late Sunday night (July 29) and contacted Coach (Bradley) Peveto (linebackers)," Prater said. "After we talked, we set up a time Monday morning for me to call back to confirm my commitment with Coach Les Miles and Coach (Bo) Pelini (defensive coordinator) and I've been talking with the coaches every day this week.
"I was in Missouri all last week and we played our last game of the Premier Baseball 17U National Championships on Sunday afternoon in Joplin, then spent Sunday & Monday night in Branson before returning to Kerrville Wednesday morning," he said. "Sorry it took so long to let you know, but I wanted to contact the other schools and coaches that were recruiting me before any announcement got out – that didn't work!
"There were 41 schools (Big12, SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-10, Big East, Ivy, USA, MW) that said they wanted me and eight schools (Nebraska, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, LSU, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Rice, Purdue) that sent a written offer in the form of a letter from the head coach. All three schools I visited were great, but I'm 100% sure that LSU is where I'm supposed to be.
"While there were many individual similarities, there is something about the total package at LSU – players, coaches, facilities, conference, way things are done, frame of mind – that convinced me LSU is where I want to be," he said. "A good example was during a spring football visit seeing all the former players watching practice and then hearing them talk about their time at LSU.
"I had a chance to talk individually with one who is now an NFL linebacker," Prater said. "When he talked about the move from high school to LSU being tougher than going from LSU to the NFL and how LSU & SEC football prepared him for the NFL, I knew that was the kind of challenge I was looking for.
"I'm glad I visited the other schools because it made me that much surer of my choice and the possibility of playing both football and baseball at LSU is big."
Prater reports a 3.5 core, a 1560 three-part SAT and a 1070 two-part SAT.