First In

West Virginia has received some criticism (perhaps undeserved) for being a bit slow on the draw in offering in-state players, but it blew those concerns away on Sunday.

After an excellent camp performance, rising junior quarterback Tyrhee Pratt, earned a scholarship offer the Mountaineer football program.

"I was really surprised," said Pratt, who spoke with BlueGoldNews.com on his way home from West Virginia's first camp of the summer. "I was not expecting an offer. I was listening to [the coaches] and when they said it, I was shocked. I asked them 'Are you serious?'"

Indeed they were, giving Pratt his first scholarship offer and putting WVU at the head of his offer list.

"It is important to me that they were the first to offer, and that it came from in-state," Pratt confirmed.

This was Pratt's second camp at West Virginia, and that made him familiar with many of the drills that were run by the camp instructors. Still, he got instruction that he believes will help him be a better quarterback.

"It's a lot of little things they show you, and those things are definitely important," he explained. "They don't try to change the way you throw or anything, but they show you things you need to improve."

As he enters his junior season, two items the Capital High School (W. Va.) star will be working on are his timing and his footwork. The dual-threat prospect is already one of the best players in the state, having started every game of his freshman and sophomore seasons, so if he does improve in those and other areas he figures to be one of the most highly-recruited seniors in 2016.

"I think he could play any position, but God blessed certain people to be a quarterback and he's on of them," Capital High head coach Jon Carpenter said. "His decision-making is excellent, and he was a leader here from day one. He was elected captain the first week he was here, and that's rare.

"He's not a yeller, and he leads by example," Carpenter continued. "He's always relaxed, and I think that rubs off on the others. No matter what the situation, he is relaxed and ready to handle it."

Pratt threw for more than 1,800 yards as a sophomore while giving up just four interceptions -- a stat that highlights his ability to make the right call and the right play.

"I think he just had four interceptions during his freshman year too," Carpenter recalled. "He just makes the right decision all the time, and he does it on every play. Whether it's the handoff or the pass, his decision-making is phenomenal.

Pratt's passing number's aren't huge, but that's due to Capital's style, which hinges on the run, as well as the coaching decision to not run up scores. Carpenter indicates there are times that Pratt could have padded his statistics against lesser foes, but chose not to do so, instead opting to feed the ball in the running game and milk the clock.

While Pratt is not nearly ready to make a decision yet, West Virginia's first-in offer could carry weight when it is time to make the call. For now, though, there's no doubt that WVU is ahead of the pack in declaring its belief in his abilities.

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