Northwestern wide receiver and USC transfer Kyle Prater received a university waiver Thursday to participate in spring football when it resumes March 26.
But Prater is still waiting for an NCAA waiver which would allow him to play in the 2012 season. Because Prater transferred from USC, he may have to sit out a year. However, NU coach Pat Fitzgerald has said that Prater may get the waiver based on his reason of transferring: to be closer to his family in Maywood.
The former five-star wide receiver and Proviso West product may look at running back Amir Carlisle as a good omen, though. Carlisle, a USC transfer, received his NCAA waiver Thursday to play at Notre Dame in 2012.
If Prater's waiver goes through, he and quarterback Kain Colter can team up for just as productive and explosive quarterback-receiver tandem as Dan Persa and Jeremy Ebert were the past two years. At 6-5, Prater's long arms will prove to be very valuable in grabbing passes away from opposing defensive backs.