Eric Priester was one of the more impressive quarterbacks at the NIKE camp in Athens this past weekend, and with good reason. At almost 6'5, 215 lbs, the kid has an absolute gun for an arm.
Priester attends Allendale Fairfax High School and he just now is starting to get his name out there in recruiting circles. He now is regularly receiving mail from Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
Eric has passed for almost 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns during his high school career, but those numbers will likely go up as the Tigers will begin running the spread offense this season.
Priester has good mobility out of the pocket and a cannon for an arm. "The strongest arm at the camp may have belonged to Eric Priester of Fairfax, SC. At 6'4, Priester has ideal height for a pocket QB. When he relaxed and threw with a nice easy release, he had one of the prettiest throws on the day, a skinny post that arrived on a line," notes recruiting expert Scott Kennedy.
Priester is also one of the top basketball prospects in the state of South Carolina, as he helped lead the Tigers to the 2A State Championship this past season.
It is difficult to say at this point whether or not Priester would remain a quarterback at the Division I-A level. He has great size, a good head on his shoulders, and decent speed, but he'll need to step up his game a notch or two this season to compete with the big boys.
Make no mistake, he has the physcial tools in place to do it, we'll just have to wait and see. We will continue to keep you updated on Eric Priester throughout the summer and next fall.
2003 Profile: QB Eric Priester
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