Why and when Kyle Prater committed to USC

You don't have to be a math major to put two and two together, but it was very apparent Proviso West wide receiver Kyle Prater would commit to USC after his Aug. 10-11 unofficial visit, and on the same day set a Sept. 2 announcement date. In fact, he did verbally commit to the Trojans before he headed to LAX on the 11th.

"I told the coaches at USC I was coming to school there when I took my unofficial visit, we just wanted to keep things on the low until Sept. 2" said Prater. "Their practices are intense, the coaches are great, the players aren't phony and are real, the environment is great and I just loved everything about USC. It‘s been a dream of mine to play in the NFL and I believe USC gives me the best opportunity to do that."

It didn't hurt USC's chances with Prater that all of the coaches who will be directly involved with his development all have NFL experience. Although Pete Carroll, Jeremy Bates and John Morton all have NFL experience, their reaction when a prep-recruit commits is always memorable for the kid and the coaches.

"Coach Carroll went crazy, all the coaches went crazy, especially Coach (John) Morton," said Prater about the reaction of the USC staff when Prater informed them of his commitment. "There was a lot of energy and excitement, it was great."

Obviously any prospect who commits to a school must have a high opinion of the coaching staff, but the chemistry with future teammates must also be present. Prater spent time with many of the younger players like T.J. McDonald while on his visit, but he also spent quality time with two veteran out-of-state receivers.

"I was clicking with those guys," said Prater about the USC players. "I was talking to RoJo (Ronald Johnson), Damian Williams and another guy, and those guys are from different areas and what they told me was a huge plus."

Prater informed the USC coaches of his decision before he left Los Angeles on Aug. 11, but he didn't inform the coaches of the other schools he was considering until recently.

"Last week I was in contact with the coaches from the schools I talked to the most and told them I was finished with recruiting," said Prater. "That's hardest part about this process is telling coaches I'm not going to their school. So, I didn't want to leave anyone uninformed about my decision and called everyone."

With the recruiting process over, Prater can concentrate on his senior season and enjoy the fact he has his parents blessing in choosing USC. And I'm sure he has the blessing of all Trojans.

We'll keep you updated on how Kyle Prater's senior season progresses.


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