Kentucky and Vanderbilt have had several games on the field where one team or the other came up just short of victory. That on the field battle extended to the recruiting scene this year when both programs went after Jerrell Priester.
Priester struggled with maintaining his decision to go to Vanderbilt or whether to switch over to Kentucky. He didn't expect the decision to be this hard.
"It was very hard (choosing between UK and Vandy)," said Priester. "I thought recruiting would be a cake walk. But you can fall in love with one school and have another school jump in and you love that one too," he continued.
Priester says Vanderbilt didn't do anything wrong in the process, but Kentucky was the choice he felt he needed to make. "I hated to do Vanderbilt like that, but I had to do what's best for me," he said.
Both Joker Phillips and Bobby Johnson visited Priester and made pitches to gain or retain his services, but Phillips won out in the end. "I decommitted from Vanderbilt on Thursday of last week. I just kept it to myself. I kept talking to the Vandy coaches and the Kentucky coaches while I thought about my decision," he said.
When Jerrell told Phillips of his decision, it was a load off the coach's mind. "I told coach Phillips (Tuesday) night," he said. "They were still kind of nervous. He told me he was glad I stayed strong," said Priester.
Priester will bring his skills to Lexington and could be able to contribute early on to the Wildcat cause. "I'm just looking forward to going up there and working hard. I want to do what the coaches want me to do," he said. "If they want me to do something on the field, I'll do that. I just want to learn quickly and get on the field," he finished.
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