Prater ‘Just Wants to Make Sure"

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked briefly with Kyle Prater from the state of Illinois to see what is going on.

Not too long ago, actually on September 2 of this year, Proviso West (IL) wide receiver Kyle Prater made his decision to commit to USC public. There was a huge gathering at the school and he was draped in Trojan gear.

After some time had passed, 6-foot-5, 205-pound Prater realized that there were some programs that he wanted to see. Of the 40-plus offers in hand, the home-state Illinois and the Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma program were two that he wanted to fit in before completely wrapping up the process.

"I just want to make sure my commitment is 100 percent solid," Prater said. "I want to check out both of these programs. I'm not sure how USC feels about my decision, but a kid my age wants to make sure I made the right decision."

It will be Parent's Weekend in Southern Cal when Prater takes his official visit to USC on October 24 when the Trojans take on Oregon State

As for the others, according to Prater, the Illinois visit will come first on October 31 when the Illini take on Michigan at Memorial Stadium and he will be in Norman, OK on November 28 for the Bedlam match up against Oklahoma State.

Prater looks to find the opportunity to come in and make an impact. But make no mistake, he is not looking for the free lunch, he wants to continue doing what he is doing now and earn a spot.

"I look for early playing time wherever I go, but I know that all depends on me," Prater said. "I have to keep working hard, making plays and everything else will take care of itself."

With Oklahoma, Prater will take his final visit (of what has been made public) in the search for that right feeling in a program that he is looking for. On the horn with Prater from the Sooner coaching staff is assistant Jay Norvell.

"They (Sooner coaches) seem pretty excited about getting me up there for a visit," Prater said. "It's good that I talk with the wide receivers coach during the process. I like that Oklahoma has an explosive offense and have a great quarterback (Sam Bradford) leading the way."

At Proviso West, Prater has about 40 receptions for 800-plus yards and eight touchdowns. Though he said that he deals with quite a few double teams, the team has worked well to scheme around that.


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