From a recruiting rankings standpoint, Prater is the most decorated player Northwestern has added in recent memory. ESPN Recruiting ranked him as the nation’s No. 45 overall prospect and the nation’s No. 9 wide receiver in the 2010 class. He earned prep All-America honors from Parade, Super Prep and other outlets.
Huge get for “Chicago’s Big Ten Team”. Prater was a big time recruit and considered Illinois before eventually committing to USC. It’s unclear at this time whether or not he will have to sit out a season or not, but either way he should be a big boost. Northwestern hasn’t had a big-time receiver in a long time, and because their receiving corp is going to weak the next couple of years, this is even bigger.