West Virginia officially lost a talented, young wideout today as former four-star prospect Kaden Prather announced that he will play for Maryland in 2023.
Prather, a 6-4, 211-pound sophomore wide receiver, flashed moments of excellence this season despite being a part of one of the most inconsistent offensive units in the Big 12.
In 2022, Prather collected 52 receptions for 501 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 9.6 yards per reception.
The sophomore announced his decision to transfer to Maryland on Wednesday afternoon via Twitter and will instantly be one of Taulia Tagovailoa’s biggest targets next season.
Now, with Prather out and both Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Sam James headed to the NFL, West Virginia will have to trust that an unproven pass catcher will emerge for the Mountaineers in 2023, or perhaps they can use the portal to fill the void.
LSU tight end Cole Taylor has joined the Mountaineers, but they have yet to add a piece at the wide receiver position to this point.
Either way, with JT Daniels and now Prather gone, the Mountaineers are losing depth left and right and will have a completely different look to them come next season. Only time will tell, but Neal Brown has some work to do on the offensive side of the ball if he wants to turn this thing around in 2023.