Underrated QB Eyeing the Tigers?

The last time we checked with Allendale-Fairfax QB Eric Priester, the senior was hearing from schools all over the south. CUTigers.com had the opportunity to speak with Priester late Wednesday to see how things are shaking out headed into the heart of recruiting season.

I know you've been hearing from a lot of schools this year, which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?
Priester: Well, recruiting has been going really well for me. A lot of people are coming after me right now. I've got a bunch of schools calling including some junior colleges- they are coming on me strong. Dodge City out of Kansas, Southwest Mississippi and there's another one in Kanas that runs the spread offense also, but I forget which one it was. Some of the Clemson coaches gave them my name. Everything is going good and I'm just gearing up to play basketball.

So do you think you'll go the junior college route for your first couple of years?
Priester: Well, right now I'm just waiting to see how everything goes and see how it all plays out. Most of the schools were just waiting for my season to be over with to set up my visits. I really don't know what will happen just yet.

Which schools are you planning on visiting right now?
Priester: Clemson, Middle Tennessee State, and I'm going to try to get down to Virginia, Alabama, and Maryland.

What did your stats look like this year?
Priester: I completed 55% of my passes for something like 1,200 yards and I forgot how many touchdowns I threw for. We lost in the second round of the playoffs to Pageland-Central. I passed for about 300 yards on them boys, but we just came up short. We were a balanced team this year, my back finished with over 1,000 yards rushing, but I guess some of that was due to the fact that I missed a couple of games with a sprained shoulder.

How did you sprain your shoulder?
Priester: It was just one of those injuries where your shoulder gets trapped in your shoulder pads kind of wierd. It's no big deal and I'm fine now.

How is basketball going for you so gar?
Priester: It's going good. I'm playing small forward and power forward. I think we'll be able to win a championship this year, we've only lost three seniors from last years team.

Which Clemson coach has been in contact with you recently?
Priester: Coach Stockstill. I was at the game last weekend and he calls pretty regularly. I think I've talked to him since the game. Coach Scott is also coming to my school on a visit, either this week or next week.

Is it snowing down there right now?
Priester: It's sleeting a little bit but it's cold. I bet it's cold there in Atlanta too isn't it? I was there in Atlanta with my brother and it was cold there too. (laughing)

We'd like to conclude by thanking Eric Priester for speaking with us. The Tigers, along with Middle Tennessee State appear to be the main schools involved in the recruiting process at this point. Should he decide to go the junior college route, it appears that the Clemson coaching staff will help in his placement. Priester is the brother of former Tiger running back, Raymond Priester.

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