Jackson, Tennessee wing forward Casey Prather verbally committed to the University of Florida today. Prather had narrowed his college choices down to either Michigan or Florida but settled on Billy Donovan’s Gators.
This is a tough loss for the Michigan staff who followed Prather relentlessly over the last year. John Beilein and John Mahoney were a constant presence at Prather’s high school and AAU games. They began recruiting Casey when they weren’t sure that they would even be able to get him on campus and they certainly made their mark. They brought him in for an official visit and made his final two but in the end it was just too hard to pull him from the south.
I think Prather realized Michigan was a great fit but in the end he was just more comfortable at Florida.
“I felt like I was at home in that environment, and I loved the campus,” Prather said. “Coach Donovan is a premier coach, and I felt like I fit in with their players after I hung out with them.”
In terms of what this does for Michigan’s recruiting picture, Trey Zeigler becomes priority number 1, 2, and 3. It’s all hands on deck for the next 6 or 7 months until Zeigler makes his decision. Michigan is very much involved with Zeigler and at last note he had an official visit scheduled for Ann Arbor on October 24th for the Michigan/Penn State game.