Underrated QB Looking at Clemson

Eric Priester, one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the south, is beginning to make his move up the recruiting charts. Priester is expecting another visit from recruiting coordinator Rick Stockstill this weekend as more schools in the ACC and SEC begin to get involved.

Eric Priester Profile

QB Eric Priester (6'5, 225, 4.8), out of Allendale-Fairfax High School, showed his skills at several camps this past summer, including both the NIKE camp in Athens, and one of the Clemson camps under the direction of Coach Mike O'Cain.

In fact, Priester showed out in a big way when he went head to head with one of the quarterbacks in the country in Marlboro County's Syvelle Newton.

"At one of the camps this summer, me and Syvelle Newton kind of went head to head for a while, and he didn't like it. Syvelle could throw it 63-yards, and I threw it 75 standing still. The thing is my arm was sore at the time, I know I can throw it even farther now," Priester said laughingly.

Priester, younger brother of former Clemson great Raymond Priester, has been receiving interest from schools all across the southeast, but two schools have maintained contact with him almost on a daily basis.

"Clemson and Middle Tennessee have been pretty much calling me every week. Coach Stockstill stopped by last week when we played against O-W but I didn't play because of a shoulder injury. Alabama and Virginia are both on me pretty strong too, and I've been getting letters regularly from Maryland, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Tennessee and LSU," added Priester.

"The injury was nothing big, the coaches just held me out because it wasn't a region game, I'll be ready to go this weekend, I'm thinking I'll have the chance to have a big game."

In terms of official visits, Priester will be waiting until after October 12th to set up his trips. "I'll be taking my visits after October 12th. I take the SAT on October 12th, then I'll take my visits after right that," said Priester.

"I'm concentrating on my school work and the SAT right now. Most schools are telling that they are waiting for me to get that SAT score before I get my offers, but I'm going to make it."

Priester has one of the strongest arms in the south, and as the signal caller in a spread offense, he'll have the opportunity to put up some huge numbers before the season is over with.

"Most schools want me as a quarterback, it's been said that some schools want me as tight end or defensive end, but I'd rather play quarterback," said Priester. "So far I've had some good games against some big teams, we were beating O-W 14-0 before they came back on us."

Priester put up 271 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first game of the year against Estill and he also added 10 rushes for 79 yards and another score- and that was only in 3 quarters of action in a 55-14 romp.

We'll continue to keep you updated on Eric Priester throughout the upcoming season, but as it stands now, the Tigers seem to be in great shape.

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