Inside Jerrell Priester: Part 1 of 3

He surprised many when he switched from his verbal commitment to Vanderbilt and signed with Kentucky in February. However, South Carolina football standout Jerrell Priester knew long before then that he was going to sign with the Wildcats.

"I decided when I made my visit in December to Kentucky that is where I wanted to be," Priester said. "I just didn't want to make it public because I did not want the attention. My mom also didn't know much about Kentucky. She knew more about Vanderbilt and felt more comfortable with me going there, so I needed some time to work on her.

"Coach (Joker) Phillips also kept telling me I was his No. 1 player on his recruiting list and made me understand how important I was to him.

"But I had to take it slow with my mom. Before I came home from my visit, I told him I would make the commitment if nobody had to know. He said he would have to tell the rest of the (coaching) staff, so I told him I would just keep it to myself. But I told him to stick with me and not to worry about anything because I would sign with Kentucky, and I did."

That's because the 5-9, 170-pound Priester is the kind of do-it-all athlete like current UK star Randall Cobb. He has good speed and quickness and terrific big-play ability because he consistently has a knack for making the first defender miss much like Cobb has. He also has shown he can take a hit and break contact and seldom gives defenders a clear shot.

Yet he could well begin his Kentucky career in the defensive secondary because he's just as skilled on defense.
Read more about Jerrell Priester's possible move to the defensive secondary and go further in depth in Part II tomorrow.

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