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Kyle Prater taking his five stars and transferring from USC

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For the second time in as many days, USC has lost a highly-touted member of one if its recent recruiting classes.

In a missive posted to his Twitter account, wide receiver Kyle Prater announced that he is transferring from the Trojans to destinations unknown.  No reason was given for the decision, and the school has yet to comment on the situation.

“I love my teammates, SC, my fans, athletic staff,” the tweet read, “will always respect the coaches. God Bless ;)”

Prater was a five-star member of USC’s 2010 recruiting class, the No. 1 receiver in that class and the No. 3 player in the country at any position according to Rivals.com.  Despite the hype and the athletic promise entering USC, Prater’s brief two-year tenure with the Trojans was marred by both injuries and getting buried behind the likes of Robert Woods and Marquise Lee, partly as a result of the myriad health issues.

The 6-5, 215-pound receiver was a redshirt as a true freshman in 2010, and caught just one pass for six yards this season.

Over the weekend, the father of running back Amir Carlisle, a four-star member of USC’s 2011 recruiting class, confirmed that his son will be transferring from the Trojans to Notre Dame.

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13 Responses to “Kyle Prater taking his five stars and transferring from USC”
  1. seanb20124 says: Jan 10, 2012 7:47 AM

    Notre Dame bound I hope. Bring Armstead brothers with you.

  2. goblue714 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:20 AM

    These kids should understand when you go to SC you might get buried behind better players. Kid’s should think long and hard before they make they make a 4 year commitment. When go to a top program your not going to be the only good player there.

  3. kiopta1 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:32 AM

    THese are kids when they must make a huge choice and the people around them (including recruiters and coaches) aren’t always the ones with his best interest at heart. Good luck to him and I hope other young guys think hard (Darby ) before they make that choice.

  4. woebegong says: Jan 10, 2012 8:35 AM

    Kiffin sure seems to lose a lot of members on his team. I wonder if there might be some roster management deficiency there. I think he might know something about the X and O’s but be a poor player manager. Maybe they just have too many stars and are not capable of developing a player to be better. When he left Tenn. they were pretty low in talent and the record of 2011 proved that. I don’t know that Dooley is a real step up though, so who knows,

  5. addict2sport says: Jan 10, 2012 8:49 AM

    I realize it’s easy to sling mud at Kiffin as he normally makes himself an easy target but hard to blame a coaching staff for not playing a guy that couldn’t get off the trainer’s table. It’s too bad this kid couldn’t stay healthy and live up to his potential. The surprising part is seeing all of these kids leave the year USC becomes bowl eligible. With all of the “experts” pointing to the Trojans being an early favorite to win a “National Championship” you’d think the players would be motivated to be a part of that. I guess they’d rather chase individual over team accolades. Maybe the true character is coming out and these kids just don’t want to compete. After presumably being spoon-fed throughout their athletic careers they do not know how to handle adversity and decide to look for a place that will continue to coddle them, rather than competing for the playing time they feel should be otherwise handed to them.

  6. bigjdve says: Jan 10, 2012 9:18 AM

    I don’t think this is about loyalty or being willing to compete. This is about where they can be seen more so that they can get into the NFL.

    This is starting to show more and more, not that it wasn’t obvious before.

    I think college ball is turning more and more into the minor leagues for the NFL.

  7. lanzurrah says: Jan 10, 2012 9:43 AM

    Not a huge loss for SC. Kid could never get off the trainer’s table and wasn’t talented enough to take snaps away from the best WR duo in the country in Woods/Lee….Just frees up another scholarship for Kiffin and company.

  8. cosanostra71 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:55 AM

    Woebegong, Prater was hurt the entire time he was here and never really got a chance as a result. Lee and Woods emerged and what can you do? It is not a fault of Kiffin that Prater never separated himself.

  9. mogogo1 says: Jan 10, 2012 10:24 AM

    I’m normally the first one to pile on Lane Kiffin, but it’s hard to see how Prater transferring casts Kiffin in a negative light. There was no apparent animosity judging by Prater’s farewell comments–the kid was just buried on the depth chart and wanted to go someplace where he could play.

    And it’s not really fair to dwell on the fact he’d been a 5-star recruit. Part of the problem is these arbitrary (and frequently inaccurate) labels turn into albatrosses around the kids’ necks when they don’t instantly become All-Americans.

  10. ndaf15 says: Jan 10, 2012 11:19 AM

    Go nd

  11. bozosforall says: Jan 10, 2012 1:17 PM

    They are all leaving because the money spigot got cut off so that USC could come off of probation.

  12. trojanfan365 says: Jan 10, 2012 1:36 PM

    as a diehard USC fan this is not a huge loss or a hidden message that kiffin is turning players away. we have Woods and Lee starting and will be just fine. if you notice in the upper right hand column of this website and profootballtalk.com, there is a link to “inside the irish”. as much as i enjoy these 2 websites the bias and little kid like pleasure the authors must get out of writing negative material about notre dame’s arch rival USC gets old sometimes. the puppet florio wrote so many useless articles about reggie bush it wasn’t even funny. best of luck to prater wherever he goes. FIGHT ON!!

  13. dkhhuey says: Jan 10, 2012 2:32 PM

    To the USC folks – I no the NCAA ripped away 30 scholarships from you but I haven’t heard anything about how they plan on handling that. I’d appreciate any insight you could provide on the subject!

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