Tuesday, July 5, 2011

LSC Roundup 7-5

Most of the following article is about Iowa senior cornerback Shaun Prater, but a few bits about his twin brother Shane, who will be heading to TAMK this fall, with possibly three years of eligibility remaining.

Texas A&M - Kingsville gets wide receiver - Sam McKewon, Omaha World Herald
They used to run around like competitive kids do, playing every game they could imagine, racing each other, arguing, laughing, measuring themselves against a human mirror.

In that little enclave of accomplished high school athletes who captivated the center of Omaha a half-decade ago — Niles Paul, Ronnell Grixby, Phil Bates, D.J. Jones — the Prater twins, Shane and Shaun, were arguably the best of them.

In football, Shaun was a star corner at Omaha Central High School. Shane was his brother's equal at wide receiver. They'd try to alternate big plays. You got a pick, so I'm going to score a touchdown.

Not the biggest kids — but fast. And smart. And they were spitting images of each other. Their mother, Cynthia, insisted on it.

“Same shoes,” Shaun said. “Same underwear. Same shorts. Same T-shirt. Same towel. Shared a bunk bed. Rode in the same car. Same friends.”

So there are times when Shaun — a preseason All-America cornerback at Iowa — now misses Shane, who also accepted a scholarship to Iowa in 2008, but left after one year and will finish his career at Texas A&M-Kingsville..............Shane had a big freshman season in 2009 at Iowa Western. Ohio was interested. So were Boise State, Michigan State and a few other schools. He expected to sign somewhere after one more year at Iowa Western.

“But then he ran a slant route and tore his ACL,” Shaun said.

“Freak accident,” Shane said. “I stepped in a hole.”

Shane didn't quit. He rehabbed and will play wide receiver this year at Texas A&M-Kingsville, a Division II powerhouse that's won 34 conference titles and produced more than 40 NFL draft picks, including Hall of Famers John Randle, Darrell Green and Gene Upshaw.

“No regrets,” Shane said. “It's all worked out for the best.”


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