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Prater picks USC over Illini, Irish

Originally Published: September 2, 2009
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

HILLSIDE, Ill. -- Following a drum roll by Proviso West's marching band on Wednesday, Kyle Prater stepped to the podium. And after a few sentences, he announced, "Let's get things started."

Prater pulled out a USC hat from a small gift bag, stuck it on his head and a theatre full of family, teachers, teammates and students erupted in cheers and applause. As many had assumed heading into the news conference, the lure of being another big-name Trojans wide receiver was too great to ...

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