Former USC wide receiver Kyle Prater has decided to transfer to Northwestern. He will be eligible to play in 2013.
The top-rated recruit out of Illinois (and the top-rated wide receiver nationally) in 2010 announced Saturday that he would choose the Wildcats over other schools, including Wisconsin. Though he struggled through two years of injuries at USC, Prater absolutely has the potential to be a game changer and major threat in the Big Ten as a former five-star recruit. He stands 6’5” and will be the always coveted large target for whoever succeeds Dan Persa in throwing the ball in Evanston.
Lane Kiffin’s loss is Pat Fitzgerald’s gain. Prater said he chose Northwestern because it’s close to his home in Hillsdale, Illinois:
“This is one of the best days in my life for me and my family and I’m just happy to be back close to home, my family and my support group,” Prater said in a press release. “I’d like to thank USC and their administration for my release. I have the utmost respect for USC and the coaching staff, players, fans and everybody I was in touch with there. This Northwestern degree will take me far and help me become a better person. The dynamics of the school and the team have shown me a lot and I’m just happy to be a Wildcat.”
It’s a very nice and all-around classy quote from Prater, who joins the team at an exciting, yet also crucial time in Pat Fitzgerald’s program.
The Cats, who recently landed four-star linebacker/defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo from Centerville, Ohio, also have to begin the process of shoring up the defense.
With a stable full of talented receivers and a crop a good quarterbacks ready to battle for Northwestern’s starting quarterback spot, the offense figures to be strong as ever. It’s whether the Cats can figure things out on the defensive side of things that will determine whether the team reaches the eight- or nine-win in level that many in Wildcatland have expected Fitzgerald to produce on a yearly basis.
We look forward to the total list of recruits to be made official on Wednesday. Though never a sure predictor of wins, this year’s collection of talent hopefully will put Northwestern back on track to a Big Ten division or league title.