We shine the First Star Football Report commitment spotlight on Cincinnati (Ohio) Wyoming quarterback Evan Prater who gave his pledge to the hometown Cincinnati Bearcats.

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WHAT TO LIKE

Evan Prater has been on our radar for a couple of years as we’ve watched his development into one of the top quarterback prospects we’ve seen come out of Southwest Ohio over the years. With a combination of size, speed and athletic ability, we’ve been sold on how bright his future can be at the college level. Able to beat you with his arm or run for a big gain, Prater has all the tools and is only scratching the surface of his overall abilities. As he matures look for his arm strength to continue to get stronger along with his ability to break free of defenders when under pressure. This is a major recruiting win for Luke Fickell and his staff.

WHAT IS A CONCERN

From a physical standpoint there is not much to worry about. In the past Bearcats faithful would be watching over their shoulders to see who else could come in and look to steer a prospect of this caliber away. However, that we don’t feel will be a problem as his older brother transferred from Ohio State to Cincinnati recently. Prater is very competitive, so you don’t expect him to become complacent in the fact his recruitment has ended. Really nothing to be too concerned about other than injury or Prater not advancing physically once he hits a college strength program.

OVERALL

At the spotlight position of quarterback there has not been this much excitement with a recruit since Gino Guidugli made the decision to attend Cincinnati. Prater is a major recruiting win for Fickell, Guidugli and the Bearcats staff. All the tools are there to develop and his junior season was one to remember as he led Wyoming to a state championship passing for 2,181 yards and 28 touchdowns with only four interceptions. Add in another 1,788 yards rushing and 32 scores and you can see why fans of the Bearcats are extremely excited to see what Prater will bring when he arrives on campus. This very well could be the biggest recruiting win for Cincinnati in the modern recruiting era.

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Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for Scout.com from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (DaveBerkConsulting.com), a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.

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