Posted by Tom Fornelli
USC's loss has become Northwestern's gain.
Northwestern announced in a press release on Saturday that wide receiver Kyle Prater was transferring to the school.
"We're extremely excited for Kyle to be able to come home to Chicago and join our Northwestern football family," head coach Pat Fitzgerald said in the release. "He is a tremendous young man from a great family and is a product of a high school program we really respect in Proviso West. Kyle's decision to attend Northwestern made sense for everyone involved and we're looking forward to him contributing to our program on and off the field."
"This is one of the best days in my life for me and my family and I'm just happy to be back close to home, my family and my support group," Prater said. "I'd like to thank USC and their administration for my release. I have the utmost respect for USC and the coaching staff, players, fans and everybody I was in touch with there. This Northwestern degree will take me far and help me become a better person. The dynamics of the school and the team have shown me a lot and I'm just happy to be a Wildcat."
Prater didn't see much time on the field at USC. He redshirted in 2010 and battle injuries in 2011, catching only 1 pass for a total of 6 yards. Still, he came to USC as part of its 2010 class as a five-star receiver and was considered one of the best players in the country -- with some scouting services ranking him as the top receiver -- out of high school.
As per transfer rules, Prater will have to sit out the 2012 season with the Wildcats, but he'll have two years of eligibility remaining once he can begin playing again in 2013.
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