The Syracuse Orange football program had a big weekend when it came to hosting recruits, and when all was said and done the coaching staff convinced one three-star defensive back, Treevon Prater, to switch his commitment from Western Michigan to Syracuse. The news was first reported by Scout.com's Mike McAllister.
Prater, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound "athlete", visited the campus this weekend despite being a soft verbal to Western Michigan. During his time at SU, Prater tweeted a few times that he liked his visit and by the end of the weekend he had committed.
Im feeling this life!— BOOM#5 (@Treevonprater5) January 19, 2014
Best weekend ever!— BOOM#5 (@Treevonprater5) January 19, 2014
During his senior year at East St. Louis High School in Illinois, Prater recorded 70 tackles and seven interceptions as a defensive back. At wide receiver, he totaled 413 yards and eight touchdowns to help his team to a 9-4 record and advance to the state's Class 6A semifinals.
Prater joins Rodney Williams, Lamar Dawson and Cordell Hudson as defensive back commits for Syracuse's Class of 2014. Though, there's a chance Prater may not just play in the defensive backfield, as Rivals.com has him listed as an "athlete", which is the description Ashton Broyld was given before he came to SU.
As for the other recruits that visited this weekend -- DT Zeek Rodney (a 3-star prospect also looking at Wake Forest), OL Denzel Ward (a 3-star prospect also looking at South Florida), DB Juwan Dowels (a three-star prospect), WR Steve Ishmael and LB Kyron Watson (teammate of Prater and a three-star verbal commitment to Kansas) -- there's still no word on whether or not they have flipped or decided to become an Orangeman. (It must be noted Ishmael said he was going to wait until National Signing Day to make his final decision.)
National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 5.