Feb. 17, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head football coach Joe Glenn announced today the signing of two high school student-athletes to national letters of intent. John Prater of Kerrville, Texas, and John Ulibarri of Victorville, Calif., have both signed letters of intent to attend Wyoming.
John Prater is a 6-2, 233-pound linebacker. He played his high school football at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas. He earned First Team All-State and First Team All-District honors as a senior. Prater was also named First Team All-West Texas. His senior season, Prater was credited with 147 total tackles, including five quarterback sacks. He recorded 16 quarterback hurries, forced eight fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown. For his efforts, Prater was named his team's Defensive Most Valuable Player, and received the same honor on the Regional Super Team. He was coached in high school by Mark Smith. Prater's father played football at the University of Kansas.
Prater is the son of Kim and John Prater.
"John (Prater) graduated from high school in the spring of 2002 and fell through the cracks a little bit after a shoulder injury his senior year," said Glenn. "But he is a young man that has that typical linebacker mentality. He has good speed and plays sideline to sideline. He is a tough, hard-nosed football player with the eye of the tiger. I really like his attitude. He will probably be an inside linebacker for us."
John Ulibarri is a 6-4, 285-pound offensive lineman. He prepped at Serrano High School in Phelan, Calif. Ulibarri was honored as an All-CIF Division VIII and All-Area selection. The Los Angeles Times also named him the Desert Lineman of the Year. His Serrano High School team played in the CIF Division VIII Southern State Championship game where Serrano lost to Henry J. Kaiser High School. Another 2003 Wyoming signee, Matt Kostelnick, also an offensive lineman, played for Kaiser High School. In addition to football, Ulibarri competes in track and field at Serrano High School. His high school coach was Ray Maholchic.
He is the son of Donna and John Ulibarri.
"John (Ulibarri) was a standout for one of the top football teams in Southern California this past season," said Glenn. "I knew he was a Division I football player the minute I saw him on tape. We are certainly glad that he was still available. He took his time during the recruiting process, and wanted to make sure he found the right fit for himself. We're glad he decided the right place was here at Wyoming. John loves the game and is a student of the game. I see John as an offensive tackle here at Wyoming."
Prater and Ulibarri bring the current 2003 UW signing class to 20 student-athletes -- 19 high school players and one junior college transfer. The original signings were announced on Feb. 5, 2003, the first day student-athletes could sign national letters of intent. The national signing period runs through April 1.