QB to join Warriors as walk-on


Quarterback Eric Prater, who spent the past few years in the U.S. Army Airborne Special Forces, will be joining the Rainbow Warriors as a walk-on this summer.

Prater is 6-2 and about 210 pounds.

Prater, who is 23, will  have four years to play four UH seasons.

He was a pitcher at Lake Havasu (Wash.) High, with a fastball timed at 92 mph, before playing football as a senior.

He was on Northern Arizona’s roster in 2010, but did not play in any games, before enlisting in the Army.

Prater has been attending spring practices as a spectator.

Here are his highlights: Prater video.

(C’mon, admit it, after that first throw you thought,  “Wow.”)

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I ran into Alika Smith last night. His son Jalen is 6 feet 3. Jalen is in the eighth grade.

And the 2018 recruiting class begins to take shape …


  1. ai-eee-soos April 19, 2014 8:23 am


  2. DaveLetterMan April 19, 2014 8:24 am

    Top 5
    Morning Tsaikos!
    Welcome Mr. Prater.

  3. A-House April 19, 2014 8:33 am

    hello & goodbye!

  4. DaveLetterMan April 19, 2014 8:34 am

    Yes I did say “wow”
    Would like to see him under pressure with multiple receivers. Strong arm.

  5. Haleakala April 19, 2014 8:44 am

    Great to see a veteran on the team.

  6. Old School Dave April 19, 2014 8:44 am

    Gotta recruit em early. Looking at the rosters of some of the ILH intermediate football teams and saw a number of 7th and 8th graders in the 6.2 230 range.

  7. A-House April 19, 2014 8:48 am


    1st throw reminded me of Chad Kapanui who could throw the ball 65-80 yds standing flat footed.

    strong arm – good footwork – accurate – tight spiral, but all this in high school

    wonder how much was lost or gained after Special Forces?

    but, this translates into one very special person as it takes much intelligence and strength and courage to be a Special Forces soldier – multi-tasking is second nature and enduring pain and suffering is all in a days work – Special Forces requires a soldier to be a master in 2 areas and all-around knowledge in all specialties of the team

    enduring the beating that Schroder took his 1st season is child’s play to a Special Forces soldier.

  8. Stephen Tsai April 19, 2014 8:50 am

    I think “Freak’s” son is going to be a basketball player.
    He was wearing a “Melo” shirt.

  9. Stephen Tsai April 19, 2014 8:50 am

    The video is from a throwing session last year.

  10. Stephen Tsai April 19, 2014 8:52 am

    Old School Dave:
    You’re correct there’s a lot of tall, talented football players in Hawaii’s middle schools. But enough about a certain Las Vegas high school’s, uh, transfer program …

  11. HALEAKALA April 19, 2014 8:55 am

    I saw Beau Reilly’s video. He looks to be pretty elusive and can run besides having a good arm.

  12. Shoko April 19, 2014 8:57 am

    Prater appears to have a strong arm. I don’t see on him the 2010 NAU roster, though. Perhaps he was a walk-on at NAU?

  13. tommui April 19, 2014 8:57 am


    6’3″ 8th grade? Wow!

  14. A-House April 19, 2014 8:59 am


    yep, good to have a “vet” on the team tho’ he is not the first, but the FIRST to be a “special forces” trained person

    in my freshman year at UH, Ray Moore, former Marine, was the shot putter for UH – big, strong black guy – often wondered what happened to him – married with 2 young children – one evening we went to the original Golden Duck and he was having dinner with his family – I went up and enthusiastically greeted him and introduced myself to his wife and daughters – he looked a me funny and I turned around and noticed several older patrons starring at us – looked at them and said, “this is my friend” and continued talking

    tho’ we claim to be the “melting pot of the Pacific”, there was and still is a “racist” attitude amongst certain people – IMHO, it’s their loss!!!!!!!!!

  15. Shoko April 19, 2014 9:03 am

    Did Prater play intramural football in the Army? Found this on You Tube playing in what appears to be a recreational league game while in the military.

  16. A-House April 19, 2014 9:05 am

    good neighbor – thank you for he correction!!!

    then, I, for one, am glad that he chose UH for school and football – this one is a keeper and will be a good one – also, fills in the “spots” in the QB rotation – will be quite a competition when Zwahlen arrives, but he will need 1 or 2 years to learn and be ready to compete

    or, great competition with Reilly too!

    Or, Trapasso can lure him to the “mound” if football does not work out

  17. Shoko April 19, 2014 9:06 am

    15. I take that back. Those are high school highlights.

  18. A-House April 19, 2014 9:11 am

    shoko #15:

    this surprises me as I was under the mistaken impression that the Army gave up intramural sports back in the mid 60s

    we played “flag football”, but nothing like the Army Ranger clip you found

    it looked more like a college game

  19. RS April 19, 2014 9:12 am

    15. Shoko

    I think that’s his high school highlights. He attended Lake Havasu HS, AZ and his jersey was #7.

  20. RS April 19, 2014 9:12 am

    oops. responded too late

  21. Old School Dave April 19, 2014 9:14 am

    LV: Living in AC all day and terrible tasting water, but that’s just me. There are so many local transplants living in LV.

    Although they deny doing this, I would not doubt that a certain school in Provo, Utah will or has contacted Mr.Zwahlen about playing for the “mother land.”

  22. Shoko April 19, 2014 9:16 am

    No, those are highlights before joining the Army while attending Lake Havasu high school in Arizona.

    However, there is a recreational football league in the military like this one Marine sergeant who wanted to play in college but was told he would lose a year of eligibility for playing in recreational league.

  23. PurpleMaple April 19, 2014 9:16 am

    Video looks recent. Nice arm. Like his long throws.

  24. Shoko April 19, 2014 9:20 am

    Anyway, here’s a little more information on Prater. Appears he was on the NAU roster, but had some academic struggles while he was there. Probably a discipline issue out of high school, but shouldn’t be a problem since he was in the Army where discipline taught.


  25. Shoko April 19, 2014 9:25 am

    Headed out to scout the Nevada Wolf Pack scrimmage. There was talk the new Pack defensive coordinator implementing some kind of double eagle flex defense or Desert Swarm defense. Got me curious.

  26. Alnbama April 19, 2014 10:20 am

    I remember when I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath we had a base football team. But the base just down the road Mildenhall, had a Starting QB who turned out to be from my high school, Aiea. It was just a little something to remind of us of home being stationed in a foreign country.

  27. SteveM April 19, 2014 10:23 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Welcome Eric Prater!

  28. 99club April 19, 2014 10:36 am

    Welcome Eric! Mahalo for your service. Now study hard and make the best of that 911 GI Bill! Nice now that the NCAA now allows unlimited SOS. 🙂

  29. 99club April 19, 2014 10:37 am

    …and I do mean now.

  30. Former UH Athlete April 19, 2014 11:03 am

    Prater’s arm strength is fantastic. Being a highlight video, we don’t see the bad throws so always tough to judge how accurate he really is. He definitely will be a long term project as I’m sure his ability to read/react to defenses and coverages is well behind everybody else, plus he’s only played 1 year of football, so there’s going to be a major adjustment for him.

    The downside I see from the video is that his feet are pretty deliberate, to put it kindly. He needs to work on driving his steps on the drop back. Some of his 7 and 9 step drops don’t get very far in the back field. His 9 step drop only went about 6-7 yards. This is stuff that will get worked on so no need to worry. The other thing I noticed was that the ball is being thrown a fraction late. This is an experience/anticipation thing. On most throws, the WR has already made the break at or before Prater pulls the trigger. Just .25-.50s could be the difference between a quick out to the flat going for 2yards or 8 yards before the defender arrives. On deeper routes, a .25-.50s could be the difference between a catch or interception.

    I like his build, really solid shoulders and definitely a power pitcher’s arm. Prater actually has a compact motion for a former pitcher. Most baseball players turned QB have a longer motion (eg Kaepernick). He will be fun to track over the next few years. Maybe he’ll get a shot in a couple seasons from now.

    I like these type of walkons because they are low risk and potentially high reward if they can make it work.

  31. 3-Prong April 19, 2014 1:34 pm

    Boy got some zip on dat ball!

  32. 3-Prong April 19, 2014 1:35 pm

    Go Michelle! 1 back through 7.

  33. gobows April 19, 2014 1:39 pm

    I wouldnt be surprised if he quickly moves up the depth chart. But gotta see how he throws while getting hit.

  34. 3-Prong April 19, 2014 1:47 pm

    3 way tie through 8.

  35. Whats up April 19, 2014 2:05 pm

    Holy moly…. whoa! Prater’s got a friggin Cannon of a arm.

  36. kapakahi April 19, 2014 2:10 pm

    Even though Junior Day was last Saturday, still quite a few Class of 2015 local HS prospects……Rex Manu, Solomon Matautia, Semisi Uluave, Reupena Fitisemanu, Salanoa-Alo Wily, Absalom Henry, Arona Amosa, Kalanela Mauga, Pesi Savea, William Auwae, Myles Uepa…..in attendance at today’s UH practice.

  37. MattyBoy April 19, 2014 2:14 pm


    Your bet about Wittek still on right? My mouth salivating about the meal we gonna eat! Gonna have “double” the taste! Witteks Mater Dei high school coach tweeting he probably heading to Texas.

  38. 3-Prong April 19, 2014 2:42 pm

    Wie leads theough 12

  39. A-joe April 19, 2014 2:51 pm

    Nice roll out and throw against the grain.

    Is Eric open to playing baseball? We need help in that department as well.

  40. 3-Prong April 19, 2014 2:58 pm

    Leads by 2!

  41. st. anthony trojan April 19, 2014 2:58 pm

    thanks 4 up-date 3 prong…..

  42. al April 19, 2014 3:31 pm

    matty boy…its on, bro. i missed your reply the other day.
    i hope my little birdie is on it!

  43. bowwar April 19, 2014 3:35 pm

    Wittek is good as gone IMHO…Dats okay, we want people who want to play for Hawaii.

  44. al April 19, 2014 4:01 pm

    congratulations michelle wie!!!


  45. Bryson April 19, 2014 4:16 pm

    It sure looks like Wittek is a lock to Texas…He attended they’re spring game today which marks his 3rd visit to UT…On his own dime of course

  46. 3-Prong April 19, 2014 4:20 pm

    SAT: yah,…she 2-Gooood 2-Day! hehe

  47. islandman April 19, 2014 4:50 pm

    What’s so good about Wittek ? He didn’t show much at USC as some others have stated.

  48. tommui April 19, 2014 5:25 pm

    AttaGirl Michelle!

  49. Hilo Moom April 19, 2014 5:45 pm


  50. 3-Prong April 19, 2014 6:21 pm

    Didn’t see her pull driver today. Kept ball low all day to beat the wind. Stinger City kept givng her putting opportunities. Awesome.

  51. kawika49 April 19, 2014 6:36 pm


  52. BigWave96744 April 19, 2014 6:40 pm

    I think couple of the spring walkon QBs should begin auditioning for another position if they wish to remain on the team

  53. 808WarriorFan April 19, 2014 7:08 pm

    Bummer about Wittek…..

  54. Inyoface April 19, 2014 8:19 pm

    Wittek might have not started.

  55. MattyBoy April 19, 2014 9:43 pm


    I think this bet is an easy win for me again! hes a lock for texas i know i! Hmmm now where to eat??

  56. ai-eee-soos April 19, 2014 10:15 pm

    … fuuud …

    … mangoes, anyone ? … $3,000.00 for two …


  57. gobows April 20, 2014 6:53 am


    got it

  58. wafan April 20, 2014 6:57 am

    Happy Easter!

  59. kawika49 April 20, 2014 7:04 am

    Glad to have an 11b4p on the team.

  60. Jayson April 20, 2014 7:13 am

    Wouldn’t 11b4p indicate he was a SFC? I don’t think that would be possible given his age. Also, being in the Airborne does not make you part of SOF.

  61. kawika49 April 20, 2014 7:15 am

    No an NCO.

  62. kawika49 April 20, 2014 7:18 am

    1. He had to be a parachutist.
    2. He had to make selection.

  63. Jayson April 20, 2014 7:19 am

    I thought you were abbreviating the 4 for 40 level, my bad.

  64. kawika49 April 20, 2014 7:21 am

    I was with the 1/508 82nd ABN in the nam (feb68-Dec 69) then was an instructor till my DEROS.

  65. Jayson April 20, 2014 7:23 am

    Thanks for your service. I’m a 15 series dude.

  66. kawika49 April 20, 2014 7:33 am

    With this young mans GI Bill, benefits; he should not have a problem making it through. I hope he develops his skills, while being a member of the team.

  67. d1shima April 20, 2014 7:41 am

    Happy Easter All!

    Go Warriors! They, too, shall rise!

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