Kyle Prater Impresses At Columbus 7-On-7

Hillside (Ill.) Proviso West wide receiver Kyle Prater might have been the most impressive athlete at BadgerSport's Passing Skills Camp held last weekend at Ohio State. Bill Greene was on hand to witness the action and spoke to Prater about his performance.

Hillside (Ill.) Proviso West star wide receiver Kyle Prater certainly lived up to the hype last weekend at the BadgerSport's Passing Skills Camp. The camp was held on the Ohio State campus and featured several teams from across the MidWest.

Prater, 6-4 and 205 pounds, currently holds offers from schools like Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, and others. He is rated as one of the top wide receivers in the country, and it's easy to see why college recruiters are vying for his services.

"Recruiting has been pretty hectic lately," Prater said. "I've gotten a lot of offers, but I'm really trying to keep everything in perspective. I'm not getting all caught up in the offers, because I know I still have a lot of things to work on to get better. I'm looking at who has offered and I'm trying to break down the schools individually. It seems like there are new offers coming in weekly. I plan on taking my time and I'm just enjoying the recruiting process right now."

"In the past week I've been offered by Tulsa, Iowa State and Oklahoma," he stated. "It's way too early for me to have a favorite list, but I might start cutting schools down by early May. Right now I have over 20 offers."

Prater, who caught 60 passes for 948 yards and nine touchdowns in 2008, currently holds a 3.3 GPA in his core studies.

The Passing Skills Camp was held on the Ohio State campus, and Prater admitted to having an interest in the Buckeye program.

"I've been in contact with the Ohio State coaches," he admitted. "They told me they're going real slow in recruiting right now. They told me to take my time and check things out about them. They said they've been looking at my film and hopefully I'll be getting an offer from them real soon. Right now, I've been talking to Doc Tressel and I'm building a strong relationship with him. Ohio State is very high in my thinking. This is a great school and Ohio State is one of the most prestigious programs in the country. They have a real rich tradition and I'm really looking into Ohio State as a school of interest. If they offer, they will be one of my top choices in the end."

"This is my first time to see Ohio State," Prater said. "This indoor facility is really nice and this would be a great place to work out in bad weather. I really like everything I've seen so far about Ohio State."

Prater certainly didn't need BadgerSport's Passing Skills Camp to enhance his stature, or try to garner more scholarship offers. He explained the attraction of participating in such an event.

"I looked at being picked to play on this team as an honor for me," he stressed. "I wanted to come here to compete and have fun. I'm not here to try to prove anything. I'm here to help my team win and to get better as a player. I'm being recruited as a wide receiver, but I played a lot of safety at this camp. This is my first time playing safety, but I see myself as a wide receiver in college. If my coach asked me to switch to defense I would do that, because I'm a team player first. I'm always looking to get better and I'll be looking to add strength and speed over the summer months to prepare for next season. Just because I have a high ranking doesn't mean I have anything made, and I know that."


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