The commitment: Kyrin Priester, Brookwood HS [Snellville, Ga.]
Date committed: Jan. 20, 2013
Ranked: Three-star, No. 49 WR
Other options: N.C. State, Georgia
Position status: Part of the attraction to Priester is his versatility. The Clemson coaches believe that he'll be able to play any one of the three wide receiver positions [9, 5 or 2]. For the last two seasons, DeAndre Hopkins started at the 9, Jaron Brown played the 5 and Sammy Watkins was at the 2. Hopkins and Brown are gone, and Watkins could slide to the 9, leaving the 2 up for grabs between Adam Humphries and Germone Hopper. And Charone Peake is expected to take over at the vacant 5 spot. Martavis Bryant will compete for time at the 9, the position Mike Williams could play when he steps on campus. Another freshman, T.J. Green, could play the 5 position.
The evaluation: There is a lot to like about Priester, but the things that always stands out is his consistency. He does not drop passes, he is very reliable, he is a go-to type of receiver, and he is a quarterback favorite. He is not a burner and he has struggled to get separation against top corners down the field, but when the ball is thrown in his direction, he goes and gets it. He can catch it across the middle, he can go up and make the play at the high point, he can catch the ball against tough coverage, and he is strong off the line of scrimmage because of his strength. He is a physical wideout and as he improves his hips and his route running, he could become more explosive out of his breaks. Scout expects Priester to fit in well at Clemson and to be very productive over his time there. - Chad Simmons
Estimated impact: 2014. Of the wide receivers inked by Clemson in February, Priester is the most ready to contribute early on in his career. Though it's highly unlikely that he will compete for a starting job, he'll push for a backup job at either the 9 or 5 positions. His first impact year projects to be 2014, at the earliest.
Commitment capsule: Priester
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