Prater used to play basketball at Hillside (Ill.) Proviso West, but chose to do some off-season workouts instead to get ready for the upcoming football season.
"I didn't play basketball this year." Prater said. "I am working out with the track team and doing some weight lifting. They did real good this season and just got upset last season.
"I am not looking at running any events necessarily. I have a trainer there that I work with. Me and my wide receivers have been doing a lot of speed work and also in the weight room."
Prater had a huge junior season at Proviso West. To go along with his big numbers, he raked in huge season honors as well as a big honor at the U.S. Army combine.
"I had 60 catches for 948 yards and nine touchdowns. I was all-conference, first team all-state, all-area and I was the U.S. Army All-American combine MVP."
Prater has what you look for in a receiver. He has that size that jumps right off the paper. He also has speed. But, he also has attitude and wants to do the little things to make him a great receiver.
"My strengths as a wide receiver is of course that I use my size. I take pride in my routes. I can also get off the presses and get physical. I really take it to them.
"I can really catch the ball and turn to make a play. Little hitches where I catch, turn and then it's an 80-yard touchdown. Every time I touch the ball I am a threat to take it to the house.
"I have been playing, primarily, outside in high school, but I am versatile. I could play anywhere on the field that they put me. They could put me inside or outside."
There are already over 20 offers on the table for Prater and he admits that he's narrowed things down a bit, but doesn't want to discuss it too much. He will also admit that things can change.
"I think that I have a little over 20 offers or so. I am not sure exactly. Every month my parents and I talk and narrow things down. Right now, it's at a stand still."
One of the things that can change for Prater is seeing new teams come to his school through the evaluation period. He is also planning on making some trips this spring and summer.
"My family and I are going to make it to a couple spring practices of teams in the area. I would like to get down to some SEC schools myself."
Besides Big 10 and SEC schools, Prater knows that he is holding offers from at least two Big 12 teams, but doesn't know a lot about either one of the schools at this point.
"I know that I have offers from Kansas and Nebraska. I know those two for sure. I don't know a lot about them. I haven't been talking to any of them yet, but the spring evaluation period is around the corner."