Northwestern just put the Big Ten on notice with the addition of transfer wide receiver Kyle Prater who will be eligible to play this season with the Wildcats.
Prater, a native of Maywood, Ill. and graduate of Proviso West High School, received a residence waiver from the NCAA which allows him to bypass the traditional one-year wait period for transfers in FBS football.
“Kyle has worked extremely hard since coming to Northwestern to prepare himself for this season and it’s great that he will be rewarded for that effort,” said Wildcats Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald in a statement. “We’re happy to see him return to the football field and get the chance to play in front of his friends and family here in Chicago.”
Prater was one of the top-ranked recruits in the country in 2009 and chose to attend USC after his senior year in high school. Unfortunately for Prater, he redshirted his freshmen year and had his 2011 season cut due to injuries. Prater will have three years of eligibility with Northwestern beginning this season.
“It’s been a long road so first and foremost I want to thank God for the chance to play football and do what I love,” Prater said in a statement. “I feel blessed for the opportunities I’ve found at Northwestern and am excited to get back on the field this fall. My family is very important to me so it means a lot for them to be nearby while I play football and earn my degree at Northwestern. I’m thankful for this decision from the NCAA and am ready to be on the field with my teammates when this season begins.”
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