OU Visit Gives Prater New Perspective

NORMAN, Okla. – The top receiver in America was wowed by what he saw at OU's Red-White Spring Game, but is he ready to start narrowing down his list?

Kyle Prater, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver from Proviso West High in Ill., is one of the most highly recruited players in the country and he holds a wealth of offers.

Schools like Oklahoma, Michigan, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, California, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois, Auburn, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern.

This afternoon he was in Norman, Okla., to check out what the Sooners had to offer and if that was a school he could see himself playing for.

It would be fair to say that the visit was a resounding success.

"Oh man, it was nice," Prater exclaimed. "I had a real good time down there."

"I just liked the spring game and getting to spend time with coach (Bob) Stoops and coach (Jay) Norvell, my position coach. I liked the campus down there and the atmosphere was just crazy."

The depth chart is not something that Prater seems overly concerned about, as you would expect from one of the nations best, but he does like the fact that he could come in right away and make a move for a starting spot.

But he is the type of player that wants to come in and earn it and not just be promised a job because of his ranking or because someone might think that is what he wants to hear.

"Right now they have a big need for receivers and they see me coming in right away and making an impact," Prater explained. "They think I could come in and start, but I am going to have to come in and work hard for my spot to come in and make an impact right away. That is another thing I am looking at, so that is a real good thing. I kind of like that (chance for early playing time) a lot."

"Overall OU put themselves… Well I don't have any real favorites right now, but OU is definitely going to be in there."

The plan for Prater right now is to take his time and release a reduced favorites list in May.

"I don't have any top schools right now to tell you the truth. I am not going to start narrowing it down until May. Right now I just know that OU is the only one that is going to be in there."

"Me going down there today gave me a real good perspective on what the school of my choice could be, so you never know…"

Prater backed up his top ranking at WR by showcasing his skills at the New Level 7v7 camp in Columbus, Ohio two weekends ago.

"I did well down there," said Prater. "I did real well. It is just real fun and competitive. I would recommend it for everybody."

Prater has at least one more trip scheduled before he narrows down his list of schools/favorites.

"The next big thing for me I will be taking a trip down to ND (Notre Dame) next weekend and then I am going to try to narrow my list down in May, but for right now I am trying to keep it real level."

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