Oregon offensive lineman Jamal Prater, a redshirt sophomore from Etiwanda High School (Etiwanda, California), enters his third season with the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Prater was a three-year varsity letterwinner in football under head coach Stephen Bryce. As a junior Prater earned second-team All-Baseline League honors for his work as an offensive lineman. He continued to develop and improve, earning All-State and All-Valley League first teams as a senior.
A consensus three-star recruit by Scout and Rivals, Prater was praised for his good footwork and strength. Scout listed him as the No. 58 OG and Rivals at No. 73. ESPN wasn’t as favorable on Prater, listing him as a two-star and the No. 164 OT prospect in the 2011 class.
Prater received offers from Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State and Washington State amongst others before signing with the Ducks.
In 2011, Prater helped out on the scout team while redshirting his first year with the team.
In 2012, Prater saw time as a reserve lineman. He was part of the active travel roster and saw action in two games during the regular season. He did not participate in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game.
Going into the 2013 season, Prater isn’t likely to make the two-deep to start initially unless the injuries that impacted the offensive line for the spring game continue to be an ongoing issue. Prater will have his best opportunity to be an impact player next season when half of the starting line will graduate or head early to the NFL draft.
Take a look at the video below to see Prater’s impact as a blocker protecting the pocket and providing downfield support. He could see time at either guard or tackle position depending on the team’s need.