With some 40 scholarship offers to his credit, Maryland native Kaden Prather had his pick of top tier Division I schools. On Saturday, he selected West Virginia over Oklahoma, Penn State, Maryland and South Carolina, which made up his final five announced a couple of months ago.
THANK YOU GOD … 1000% COMMITTED. pic.twitter.com/X6gA2wqGWy
— KADEN PRATHER (@KADEN3TIMESSS) June 6, 2020
Prather checks all the boxes for an outside receiver. At six feet, three inches, he has the height and reach to go up over defensive backs for the ball, and pushing 200 pounds, he should also be able to box out and win contact battles.
As a junior, Prather had 42 catches for 895 yards and nine touchdowns at Northwest, earning a spot on the all DMV team while helping the Jaguars to a spot in the state championship game.
A long strider with deceptive speed, Prather eats up any cushion provided by defensive backs quickly, and once he has an path, accelerates into open space quickly. With an average of more than 21 yards per catch, he makes the most of his chances, producing numerous big plays. High school defensive backs simply could not match him when he reached his top gears.
The rangy receiver isn’t all about speed, however. On screens and kick returns, he displays good patience in reading blocks and allowing them to set, then makes decisive moves to work off them for maximum yardage. He works back to the ball well on screens, and displays good concentration in seeing the ball in before transitioning to the run after the catch.
His highlight video also shows that he’s comfortable in motion, where he took touch passes in jet sweeps and combined the ability to burst to the corner along with reads of blocks on the edge.
Prather is the tenth commitment, and the second wide receiver, in West Virginia’s class of 2021. He joins Andrew Wilson-Lamp of Massillon, Ohio, another receiver with excellent height at 6-3, in the Mountaineer fold.
WVU now has seven offensive and three defensive commitments.