June 4, 2008

Flashes impressed with Miami safety

Kent State assistant coach Scott Booker recently visited Sunset High School in Miami, Fla., to check out safety Fabrice Pratt. Booker must have liked what he saw out of the 6-foot-1, 173-pounder.

"Coach Booker came out for a spring practice and he said he liked the way I practiced and how I moved around," Pratt said. "He called my coach later that night and said he was going to offer a scholarship."

The offer was the first for Pratt, who runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range and has a 33-inch vertical jump.

"I was excited and my coach was happy for me," he said.

Pratt was so excited he verbally committed to the Golden Flashes.

"About a week after the offer, I like the school and all, and it was my first offer and I think I'll fit good in that program so I verbally committed," he said. "People tell me to weigh all my options, but it's a verbal commitment."

Though he hasn't scheduled a trip to Kent State, he plans to visit the school some time during his senior season.

Last fall, his first as a starter, he posted 63 tackles, forced two fumbles, broke up four passes and blocked a field goal.

"I have speed, so that helps me a lot," he said. "I'm good in coverage but I still have a lot of work to do. I'm trying to get faster, stronger and bigger and I'm trying to come out and have a good senior season."

Pratt also excels on the Sunset track team. He competes in the 100-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, long jump and high jump. He feels that running track has helped him become a better football player.

"During the track season we run a lot, so that helps me get in shape and keep in condition," he said. "It gets me stronger in my legs and arms and faster. It's a good sport to do while away from football."

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