One of the least publicized commitments for NC State in the class of 2014 is also one of the better pick-ups. Safety/linebacker hybrid Germaine Pratt from
6’3” 200 lbs
Ranked: Four star by Rivals #221 overall #20 outside linebacker, Three star #90 safety by Scout, Four star #16 safety by 247
The entire recruiting process was relatively quiet for Pratt, especially for a highly rated prospect. The first known visit that Pratt took to campus under the current coaching staff was in early spring for a Junior Day. He also took visits to
What to Expect:
There is a reason that two of the three major recruiting outlets see Pratt as a four star. His prep career combined great production with a high potential. As of now, the 6’3” 200 pounder will start out at safety. At this point, Pratt would be a bit undersized to play up in the box, but the coaches think that he has the frame to easily add 30 lbs and make the move up in the scheme. For now, safety would present his best chance to see the field early (something I would bet on). With great height and long arms, there will be several spots that he can be used. I also would expect to see him get time on special teams right away.
I would personally like to see Pratt used as an outside linebacker, perhaps even on the strong side if he can bulk up enough. His best attribute may be playing in coverage, which you can clearly see in his film. Pratt meets the ball at its highest point and should be quick enough to run with college tight ends. Wherever he ends up on defense, Pratt will see the field quickly due to his size, pass coverage, and early arrival to campus.