Breaking News: Kyle Prater To Keep Commitment to USC

Jerry BurnesAnalyst IJanuary 13, 2010

Lane Kiffin is off to a good start at USC.

He has yet to challenge LaGarrette Blount on his boxing skills or accuse Jim Harbaugh of recruiting violations. On top of that, his arriving in SoCal meant top receiver recruit Kyle Prater is also headed to the land of Troy.

According to the Chicago Tribune , Kiffin recruited Prater while at Tennessee, and the wide receiver will commit to USC after talking with the new Trojans coach, according to his mother Sonya Prater.

"Once he found out about Kiffin, that was a great thing," the elder Prater told the Tribune . "He needed that. It was a blow that coach [Pete] Carroll left."

Prater is ranked as the No. 2 receiver prospect by The 6'5" receiver originally committed to USC in September while new Seattle Seahawks head coach Carroll was in charge.

His recruitment was kept open after that, with offers from Notre Dame also coming in. After graduating early in from Proviso West (IL) in December, he enrolled at USC in order to work out in the spring.

National Signing Day is Feb. 3, when commitments become official. Until then, Prater is expected to move to California and attend classes at USC. His mother said he would leave Illinois this weekend for SoCal.

Kiffin took over at USC on Tuesday night, hours after Carroll was officially introduced as the Seahawks head coach. Kiffin spent one season at Tennessee, going 7-5 in the regular season and losing 37-14 to Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Kiffin made shockwaves in the SEC upon his entrance by challenging opponents such as Urban Meyer, while also having reports of interesting recruiting methods with the Vols.

According to the USC Web site, classes started on Monday, Jan. 11, while spring football dates have not been officially announced.

Kiffin will be introduced as the Trojans' head coach today (Jan. 13).