Priester wins appeal to play this season
Washington State's deep wide receiver corps just got a little deeper.
Clemson transfer Kyrin Priester, who has impressed coaches and teammates with his incredible physical skills throughout the first nine days of preseason camp, has been granted a waiver by the NCAA to play this season, Washington State officials confirmed to Wazzu Watch on Monday night.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Priester signed with Clemson out of Brookwood (Ga.) High School in 2013, attended Fork Union Military Academy that fall before redshirting last season. He left Clemson after just one year there and enrolled at Washington State in January and participated in spring drills.
Mike Leach told reporters after WSU's fifth preseason practice on Aug. 12 that the school had filed an appeal seeking to allow Priester to play immediately rather than sit out the standard one year under NCAA rules.
At the time, Leach said he believed the appeal should be granted since Priester's situation was similar to other cases where the waiver had been granted.
Based on the skills he exhibited in Lewiston, Priester could make an immediate impact. He joins a talented wide receiver corps led by River Cracraft, Gabe Marks, Dom Williams and Robert Lewis, among others. Priester's addition means WSU should have one of the deepest receiving corps in the Pac-12, if not the country.
Priester, who had 56 receptions for 1,116 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior at Brookwood High School, is also expected to contribute with kickoff and punt returns as well.
Priester and Tavares Martin Jr. of Belle Grad, Fla. were two of the most impressive freshmen in Lewiston. They combined for 11 receptions and 172 yards in Sunday's scrimmage.
While Washington State officials did not indicate the reasons the waiver request was granted, it is believed Priester's appeal was granted under the so-called "run off" rule that allows athletes who were forced to leave their previous schools for reasons beyond their control to play immediately at their next school.