NU still waiting on Prater ruling

Northwestern has yet to be notified if wide receiver Kyle Prater will be given a waiver to play next season after transferring from USC to be closer to home due to a family situation, Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said on Wednesday.

“Obviously, we’re hoping for the best,” Fitzgerald said by phone on Wednesday. “We’ll adjust accordingly when we get the NCAA to rule on it, and we’ll move forward on that.”

Fitzgerald said he expected to receive a decision from the NCAA by August.

Prater transferred to Northwestern after two injury-plagued seasons at USC. He redshirted his first season and had one reception for six yards last season. He participated with the team in Northwestern’s spring football team.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Prater was ranked No. 45 in the Class of 2010 by ESPN coming out of Proviso West High School in Hillside, Ill. He had 64 receptions for 1,151 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season.