Kyle Prater Eligible to Play Immediately for Northwestern

By Will Wilson

Kyle Prater is ready to roll this fall.

After transferring from USC earlier this year, Prater applied for a residence waiver from the NCAA to be eligible this season for Northwestern. After waiting for quite some time to hear if he’d be able to play, Prater got the good news.

With the waiver, Prater will be able to bypass the one-year wait period required of transfers in the FBS.

Head coach Pat Fitzgerald has to be thrilled Prater will be able to join the offense this fall, especially with first year starter Kain Kolter under center. It will immediately help take the pressure off the converted wideout.

The Wildcats graduated three of their top five reception leaders in 2011 but are expected to have a talented group returning, including Prater.

Prater was rated the No.1 receiver nationally by coming out of high school in Hillsdale, Ill. His career was short lived at USC while battling injuries for most of his career causing him to redshirt in the fall of 2010.

As he finally became healthy in 2011, Prater was buried at the bottom of the depth chart behind All-American Robert Woods and freshmen Marqise Lee. He played in 10 games last season while only hauling in one reception for six yards.

It helps that Prater was able to partake in spring practice where he was able to grasp the Wildcats offense. Northwestern is also close to home for Prater, which was the reason for his return to take care of a family member.

Wildcat fans hope he takes care of things on the field as well.

Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

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