Ray Hamilton, who scouts for me in the Chicago area, recommended that I see wide receiver Kyle Prater of Proviso West. I got an eyeful last Saturday when Prater competed against Illinois-bound defensive back Corey Cooper and his Proviso East teammates.
Prater, a 6-5, 185-pounder, is the real deal. He is the best wide receiver I have seen in Illinois since former Thornton star Tai Streets. He has a shot at emerging as the No. 1 player in the class of 2010 in Illinois. He ranks with Fremd lineman Christian Lombard and Johnsburg wide receiver C.J. Fiedorowicz.
I will promote him for the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Game. He has legitimate size, a great pair of hands, runs the slant pattern to perfection and catches the ball away from his body. If he was playing on a team with Maine South's Charlie Goro or Hinsdale Central's John Whitelaw, he would be the best receiver in the country next year.