Prater: "I could compete for a spot"

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a look at Sooner target Kyle Prater from the state of Illinois. Prater has a long list of interested colleges and he is doing his homework. Check out this SI recruiting update.

With over 20 scholarship offers in hand and a busy off season and summer lined up, Proviso West (IL) wide receiver Kyle Prater is going with flow of things right now. And as he continues to hit the books and the weight room hard, he puts in just as much work on research of schools.

"Recruiting is going well for me and I have over 20 offers right now," Prater said. "I'm just trying to keep everything in perspective right now. Day in and day out, I am breaking down schools. I am looking for a good education and a solid program that produces NFL players."

In the midst of his college program studies, he was looking at the depth chart situation at many of the schools that have extended offers to him and he realized a few things.

"A lot of the schools I talk to are pretty stacked at the wide receiver position," Prater said. "But when you look at Oklahoma, they need a few receivers."

Prater, who stands 6-foot-4.5 and weighs in at 205 pounds, said that wide receivers coach Jay Norvell is his recruiting coach and said that he and Norvell have a pretty good relationship.

"He (Norvell) told that they need some good wide receivers. I could probably come and make an impact early," Prater said. "I think that they are looking for some big-play receivers like (Malcolm) Kelly. He told me that there would be some wide receivers leaving and I could come in and compete for a spot. I feel like I am a big, versatile wide receiver and I use my body to make a lot of plays.

"At Oklahoma, I feel like I would be in line to win BCS bowl."

With all that said, Prater said that a trip to Norman is for sure in the near future. He said that he wants to attend the spring game, but will definitely make a practice. To date, Prater has set to make visits to Notre Dame, Illinois, Ohio State, Arkansas, Iowa, and Northwestern to name a few.

In his junior season, Prater caught 60 passes for 948 yards and nine touchdowns.


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