With Evan Prater’s verbal commitment to Cincinnati on Thursday, the Bearcats now have the 34th best recruiting class in the nation according to 247 Sports. But the star quarterback is a lot more than just a number as his commitment will have a domino effect not just within the program, but the city as well.
To talk about Evan Prater and what his commitment means going forward, we have to go backwards, precisely November of last year. On Monday, November 5th, Gavin Gerhardt announced his verbal commitment to Cincinnati. While the Bearcats were still playing in the midst of their eleven-win season, Gerhardt’s commitment stood out because of his early decision and that he was another local recruit to buy into Luke Fickell’s culture.
Ever since Gerhardt committed, he has worked as a second recruiter to the coaching staff, always welcoming new guys to the program. On March 11th, the recruiting staff brought in Gerhardt, along with Prater and Daved Jones, a local linebacker recruit from Lakota West High School. All three recruits were comfortable as if it was their own home, and with Prater committing already, it’s only a matter of time before Jones does as well.
With Prater’s commitment, more news surfaced as the ripple effect was already felt with Evan Prater’s older brother, Garyn, transferring back home to Cincinnati. The 6’5” wideout walked on at Ohio State, and while he had an impressive spring this season, he was still left without a scholarship. He’ll have two years of immediate eligibility and an opportunity to play his former team in a highly anticipated fall matchup. It only felt right to be back with his brother, an opportunity rarely seen anymore.
With the two Prater brothers already onboard the Fickell Train, more local, big-named recruits are bound to follow. Like Malik Vann’s commitment in the 2018 cycle, Evan brings an excitement around the city that will surely electrify the fan base for a promising future after Desmond Ridder. Prater is more than just a 3 or 4-star recruit; he’s a sign to local recruits that sometimes the best things are in our own backyard.