Kyle Prater is happy to be back in the Midwest. He’s closer to home, friends, family and now attends one of the finest schools academically in the country at Northwestern. Then there’s the football part.
Prater awaits his appeal from the NCAA after he transferred from USC this past season. He’s been waiting for quite some time now, but remains optimistic a ruling will soon come. Prater’s claim to return closer to home is to care for an ill family member, a familiar request the NCAA has seen before.
Recently, the NCAA granted Amir Carlisle, former teammate of Prater’s at USC, a waiver to allow him to play this season at Notre Dame after his father took a job at nearby Purdue. Another case was Michigan State transfer De’Anthony Arnett, who won his appeal citing family reasons for leaving Tennessee for the Spartans.
The 6-5, 250-pound Prater gives Northwestern a dimension they haven’t had for quite some time in Evanston. His ability to be a deep threat in a wide receiving core that is deep and talented will help first year quarterback kain Colter.
Prater was bothered by injuries for most of his career at USC. After redshirting his freshman season, he saw limited action last year in a very talented USC receiver group. He will have a chance to be a key player at Northwestern and give them even more talent on the outside.
Aftern seeing several players granted their appeal, Prater’s case is as good as any. Right now he continues to wait.
With almost a month till fall camp, Prater’s ready for a decision.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.