Saint comes marching in to give Maine West football a boost
Maine West’s football is getting some professional help this summer.
Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kyle Prater is helping to coach the Warriors this summer alongside head coach Jason Kradman. Prater remains an NFL free agent, so no decision has been made as to whether he will stay on for the fall/winter season or return to pro ball.
The high-profile addition brings some new excitement and energy to a team in need of a boost. The Warriors finished with a 4-5 overall record last year, including going 2-3 in conference play.
Prater is a Proviso West graduate and was a five-star recruit in high school who was once ranked No. 1 in Illinois. He committed to the University of Southern California and eventually transferred to Northwestern University. He played for Northwestern for three season and had college career total of 648 yards with 70 catches and two touchdowns.
Prater was signed as an undrafted free agent by New Orleans in 2015 and released later that season. He re-signed with the Saints in 2016 but was placed on the injured reserved list before the season started. His only professional catch came in a 2015 preseason game on a 19-yard pass.
Prater also took part in the inaugural game of the American Flag Football League in June at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.