It won't be too long from now when Proviso West (IL) wide receiver Kyle Prater makes the call on where he plays football in 2009. Making the final cut is six schools: Illinois, Oklahoma, USC, Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee.
And while this is a decision that Prater feels is important, a more pressing issue lies ahead for Scout.com's No. 1 wide out target.
"I just got through with practice. This was our last day of two-a-days because tomorrow we go full pads," Prater said. "I've been icing down my hip because I got a little bruise on it. We (team) all have been working hard this summer and I am all about the team. We want to get to the playoffs this year."
For the 6-foot-4.5, 205-pound Prater, just getting back to high school ball is a good feeling all in itself. Prater has been across the country and back for unofficial visits, camps, and 7-on-7 tournaments.
"I felt all of those unofficial visits were real important so that I can see these schools and make my decision easier. As for the camps, I was just trying to get better everyday, which will help my team," Prater said.
On the college front, Prater said he was able to visit all the schools in his Top 6 except for Alabama. Before long, September 2 will be here and Prater will be done with the process.
A few of the things that will factor into his commitment are some of the typical things like environment, relationships with players and coaches, being able to see the field and offensive scheme are all taken into consideration.
During the interview, he said that all of the schools had these prerequisites. But there is one thing for sure, the depth chart, whether current or committed, will not deter Prater.
Some OU recruiting fans have worried that the recent commitment of Justin McCay may have ill effects on the chances that Prater ends up in the Crimson and Cream.
But Prater states that competition is only going to help make him a better player.
"I'm aware of it (McCay commitment), but it is not a factor in my decision," Prater said. "Competition brings out the best in everyone and I am all for it. I always look to take my game to the next level."
Prater did not have an exact time when the event on 9/2/09 was going to be, but the media gathering will be sometime around 2:45 p.m.
In his junior season, Prater caught 60 passes for 948 yards and nine touchdowns.