The No. 8 player in North Carolina will be a member of the Wolfpack in 2014.
Germaine Pratt of High Point (N.C.) Central verbally committed to N.C. State on Thursday. Although he had offers from quality programs—one of which included Notre Dame—Pratt said staying in the area was an important family decision.
"My mom wanted me to stay close to home so I chose N.C. State," he told The Wolfpacker.
But Pratt had plenty of in-state offers, including schools like North Carolina, Wake Forest, and East Carolina. So it appears that mom wasn’t the only one influencing Pratt’s decision.
“The [N.C. State] coaches all started showing me love like the first day I walked on campus,” he told Pack Pride. He credited “the relationship with me and Coach [Clayton] White” for putting N.C. State at the top of his list.
At six-foot-three, 200-pounds, Pratt is being recruited to play outside linebacker for Dave Doeren’s squad after playing strong safety for High Point Central. The team worked him out at Thursday’s camp to see where he stood.
"It was a new experience [playing linebacker],” he said. “Well it wasn't really new, but the drills were new. I need to get used to what they want me to do."
Another Wolfpack recruiting target, Wilson (N.C.) Hunt safety Dexter Wright, said Pratt had already started lobbying on his new team's behalf.
"I know he was excited about it," Wright said. "He was trying to get me to go ahead and join the family with him."
Regardless of scouts' opinions, the facts speak for themselves. Over the past two seasons, Pratt led his team in interceptions with six, was credited with four pass break-ups, and was second in tackles in 2012 with 94.
Pratt becomes the Wolfpack’s sixth commitment for the 2014 season.