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Three-star TE prospect nearing choice

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Omaha (Neb.) Central tight end Nate Prater has entered the decision making mode of the recruiting process. The nation's No. 27 rated tight end visited three schools, and now he will try and choose a college in the next few days and end the wait of three Big 12 North schools.
"I am nearing a decision," the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Prater said. "I'm not ready to say anything, though, because I haven't made a choice. I'm looking at all of the things associated with the schools."
Prater's final three schools include Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State.
"I know that Chase Coffman chose Missouri instead of Kansas State," Prater said. "Coach (Bill) Snyder called me this afternoon and we talked a little more about Kansas State and their situation at tight end. He was at my house on Thursday night. We had a good visit then and I really think their situation at tight end is pretty good. They only have two guys returning and I'm bigger than the guy who will be their starter.
"If I go there and came in and worked hard and learned the offense, the coaches said I could probably get on the field early on. They have been recruiting me hard all along. I'm very interested in the school and their program."
Prater, Nebraska's No. 2 rated prospect, is also keeping a close eye on Kansas this weekend.
"I know Kansas had another prospect at tight end in this weekend," he said. "I'm not saying I will go there if he doesn't, but I'm curious what other guys each of the schools are going to have, or do have, at my position. I'm not afraid of competition, that's not what I mean. I am just wanting to find the best place for me to play. All of that is influenced by other prospects and other returning players."
A decision could come in the next few days for Prater.
"I don't want to hurry my choice," he said. "I am going to sit down and look at all of the schools and everything about the schools, then I'll make my choice."
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