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Proviso West’s Kyle Prater Headed for USC

Proviso West’s Kyle Prater is a 205-pound wide-receiver and academic scholar who received college  offers from every Big Ten school in the country including Penn State, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Arizona, and Stanford University.  But on Sept 2nd Prater announced that he has chosen the life of a Trojan, and will attend the University of Southern California (USC).

“My dream one day is to play in the NFL,” said Prater, who began to pull on a USC pullover jacket during his announcement. “That's why I picked USC.”

Prater manages a 3.2 G.P.A. and has been rated the number four high school player in The United States of America and one of the country’s top receivers.

Prater made his announcement among flashing cameras, reporter microphones, friends, Proviso West Coaches, administrators, and his family.

“To get here and to see all of the reporters and the students and lights, it hit me—this is real,” said Prater’s father, Johnny Prater. “It was exciting to see him make this decision with the family here to support him. But what was also important was for all of the students here today to see what hard work and dedication really does for you. We are proud of Kyle and we are thankful for his accomplishments. We’re also glad that he had a coach like Hulbert who was the biggest inspiration.”

Proviso West Football Coach Famous Hulbert expressed his pride and support for Prater’s decision.

“Kyle is a coach’s dream,” said Hulbert. “This has been a long time coming. I’ve envisioned that moment [for PW players] on a yearly basis—even long before I took the job.”

Prater will always carry that Panther Pride. Underneath his USC pullover was his original Proviso West #21 football jersey.

“I stayed humble during this process,” said Prater in an interview following the press conference. “Now, I’ll continue to work hard. USC is my school. It’s the place for me.”

Prater ended the interview by affirming USC’s motto, “Fight On.”

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