Recruiting: Kyle Prater Picks Northwestern

January 28, 2012

B1G Recruiting, NU Football

Kyle Prater is coming home to play for Northwestern (Photo by Tom Hauck).

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.

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8 Comments on “Recruiting: Kyle Prater Picks Northwestern”

  1. numildcats2003 Says:

    Glad to hear NU got a five-star recruit! Here’s hoping that Prater and Odenigbo lead to more four plus star talent (especially in the defensive backfield!!!).


  2. numildcats2003 Says:

    I am having good visions of Christian Jones (6’3″ 4-star recruit from 2011) lining up across from Kyle Prater in 2013. Can’t wait!!!


  3. Rowdiesdotcom Says:

    We picked up another back today too–Stephen Buckley from TX–so we shall see. We need D though. . .


  4. numildcats2003 Says:

    We especially need help in the secondary. I think Pat has done a pretty good job of recruiting the front seven, but our defensive backfield is possibly the worst in the Big Ten.


  5. numildcats2003 Says:

    I don’t disagree that the line didn’t get enough pressure, but I also think that can be tied to poor defensive schemes and not using any imaginative blitzes to get pressure. Their defensive coaching was garbage (which is especially embarrassing when you consider how good of a defender Fitzgerald was). You don’t need to look any further than the Army game where we spent much of the game in the nickel defense… ummm… they don’t pass. Or how about the Illinois and Michigan State games where the opposing team force fed the ball to one receiver and we didn’t even attempt to double cover or roll the safety to that side? The talent is there. The coaching is not.


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