USC might redshirt injured WR prospect Prater

Southern California receiver Kyle Prater is likely to redshirt

this season after injuries slowed his progress during camp.

Coach Lane Kiffin announced the probability Monday after

practice, saying he had spoken with Prater’s parents about the

14th-ranked Trojans’ plans for the touted freshman.

Prater was among the nation’s top recruits when he committed to

the Trojans last year out of his native Illinois. He enrolled early

at USC this year, but his play in training camp has been limited by

various lower-body injuries.

Prater isn’t ready to play in USC’s season opener at Hawaii on

Thursday night.

Kiffin says Prater is likely to sit out the season unless other

receivers get injured.