USC in the Mix for Nation's Top WR

Scout's top-rated wide receiver in the 2010 class, Proviso West (Ill.) standout Kyle Prater, has already racked up 20 offers from some of the top programs in college football and is getting ready to trim the list. Look inside to see if the USC Trojans will make the cut.

Scout's top-rated wide receiver in the 2010 class, Proviso West (Ill.) standout Kyle Prater, has already racked up 20 offers from some of the top programs in college football and is getting ready to trim the list.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver is in the process of researching the schools that have come through with offers and will reveal his list of favorites at the end of the month.

While most college football fans will have to wait a few weeks to see if their team is still in the running to land the prolific pass catcher, Prater let us know three schools that will definitely make the cut.

"I am kind of wide open but right now I am breaking it down," he said. "I am going to have a top five or top ten at the end of the month, but I know that USC is definitely going to be in there."

Prater has watched the Trojans from afar and been impressed with their ability to develop big, physical wide receivers like Dwayne Jarrett and Patrick Turner.

"I have been watching USC for a longtime and just the players that they put out," he said. "They produce every year, so it's a really good school and I have to strongly consider them as my choice.

"I watched Patrick Turner a little bit this year. I like the big receivers that they put out, and the way that they produce and get them NFL-ready. That's another key thing."

Along with the Trojans, Illinois and Oklahoma will also remain in the mix.

"Illinois is a real good school," he said. "I love the coaching staff and the players; I am real cool with them.

"Oklahoma, when I went down on my visit I had a nice time being around the coaches. It was cool."

Prater caught 60 passes for 948 yards and nine touchdowns in his junior season and has emerged as Scout's No.1 wide receiver prospect in the nation.

"Being No.1 comes with some responsibility. The ranking is one thing but I am always working, day in and day out," he said. "Having that on my chest makes me want to work even harder.

"It's humbling to be No.1 right now but I am just going to keep putting in the work."

So what makes Prater such a big time recruit?

"My overall playmaking ability and my size, I am a killer in the red zone and going deep. I want to be one of the rare guys that can catch the ball and make something happen with it," said Prater, who patterns his game after Jerry Rice and Randy Moss. "I am more of an explosive wide receiver. I have deceptive speed and catch the ball away from my body."

The five-star receiver admires Jerry Rice for his production and legendary work ethic.

"That's what got me here," he said. "My work ethic."

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for news and updates on Kyle Prater throughout the recruiting process.


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