Former ACC WR Priester signs FAA w/ WSU
Fresh off an official visit to Washington State over the weekend,
former Clemson receiver Kyrin Priester signed a financial aid agreement
and will arrive on campus in January.
The Washington State football
Twitter account made the news official this morning.
"Welcome to the WSU Coug Family @KyPriester!," the tweet stated. "You
will have a lot of fun here in Pullman, WA! #GoCougs."
Priester, at 6-foot-1, 188-pounds, was a heralded recruit at of
Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood high school in the 2013 class, holding
offers from the likes of Georgia, Ohio State, South Carolina,
Vanderbilt, TCU and others
Priester originally committed to Georgia
during the summer of 2012 and then chose N.C. State three months later
before flipping to Clemson in January, following in the footsteps of
his Wolfpack recruiter, first-year Tigers defensive backs coach Mike
Reed, according to Tiger Illustrated.
Priester was an non-qualifier out of high school and decided to attend
Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, playing a year of football at the
prep school while qualifying academically. Once qualified, Priester
signed with the Tigers last February as a member of the 2014 class and
head coach Dabo Swinney had a raving review of versatile playmaker, who
coming out of high school was rated the No. 77 receiver in the nation
"We signed him last year but he had to go to Fork Union," Swinney said,
"This guy can motor. I think he is a Jaron Brown with a little more
speed and athleticism. Jaron Brown played as a rookie a lot and played
in the NFL with the Cardinals this year. He will be a very versatile
player and we can moe him around and he has an ability to stretch the
Priester's coach at Fork Union Military, John Shuman, also had high
remarks for the Cougars' newest reciever prior to the three-star
arriving at Clemson, citing comparisons to a pair of NFL receivers.
"Ky has Jacoby Ford explosiveness," Shuman said. "He's a little longer
than Jacoby, but he's that fast. We haven't put the clock on him, but
he's a legit 4.4 guy. He's pretty explosive. The ones he snatches, it's
like Sammy Watkins. As soon as he snatches it, he just leaves everybody
that we play.
"Watkins is more physical, and what Ky has to work on is taking the
daily grind of tackling and DBs coming at him. He just needs to get a
little stronger and get more physical up top. He has speed and
quickness, all that. He just needs a little more of a BCS body, and
we're working on that right now. But he's a good fit for Clemson."
Priester saw some action as a true freshman for Clemson this season on
special teams, though he was dismissed by Swinney after the Tigers'
first game of the year for a "poor attitude." A source tells
style="font-style: italic;">WazzuWatch.com that the Washington
State staff has been in touch with the Clemson staff regarding
Priester's dismissal and have determined that it was nothing too
serious, but "at the time it was best for both parties to go their
Priester is finishing up the semester at Clemson and will arrive at
Washington State with four years to play three. He will have to sit out
the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules, however he's expected to
appeal, which isn't uncommon. Priester will enroll at Washington State
As a high school senior, Priester had 1116 yards with 56 catches and 13
touchdowns. We'll have more from the Cougars' newest commitment as soon
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