Eligible to play in 2012 after receiving a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to bypass the traditional one-year wait period required of FBS transfers ... Gifted athlete who uses his size to overpower defensive backs ... Hard worker aiming to contribute in any way possible this fall.
At USC: Missed most of the season due to injury ... Caught one pass for six yards.
At USC: Redshirted.
As a senior at Proviso West, named USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, SuperPrep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American first team, Sporting News Top 100, SuperPrep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, SuperPrep All-Midwest Offensive MVP, Prep Star All-Midwest, EA Sports Illinois MVP, Chicago Tribune first-team All-State and Chicago Sun Times first-team All-Area ... Recorded 64 receptions for 1,151 yards (18.0 avg.) with 13 TDs in 2009 ... As a junior in 2008, made first-team Chicago Sun Times All-Area with 60 receptions for 948 yards (15.8 avg.) and 9 TDs on offense ... Also made 150 tackles as a defensive back in 2008 ... Lettered in basketball Proviso West.
Majoring in communication studies.
- Northwestern's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. WR Kyle Prater, RS Senior...An Illinois native, Prater was a Parade High School All-American and five-star recruit, commanding attention from all the top programs in college football. He committed to USC and redshirted in 2010 due to hamstring and groin injuries and missed most of 2011 due to a broken bone in his left foot. After two injury plagued season at Southern California, Prater decided to transfer closer to home in the Midwest and was given a resident waiver from the NCAA to play immediately at Northwestern and not sit out a full season.
The past two seasons for the Wildcats, Prater has seen limited playing time and registered only 19 catches, struggling to be much of a factor. He enters his senior season with one more chance to make a name for himself and show scouts why he was so highly touted out of high school, but he'll need to fight for playing time with incumbent starters and fellow seniors Tony Jones and Christian Jones. Nonetheless, Prater has the size, athletic ability and perceived upside that NFL evaluators love. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com