Priester: "It Came Down to Coaching"

Snellville (GA) Brookwood wide receiver Kyrin Priester talks about his commitment to NC State and why he chose to become a member of the Wolfpack.

Once Kyrin Priester made the decision to decommit from Georgia, NC State wasted no time jumping into the mix and making him a huge priority for the Wolfpack's class of 2013.

With Pack commit and Priester's best friend Jerod Fernandez helping out, State quickly emerged as a major player. The Wolfpack battled it out with South Carolina headed into Priester's official visit to Raleigh a little over a week ago.

The NC State coaching staff couldn't have asked for a better scenario as the Pack upset third ranked Florida State. Before the trip was over, the 6-1, 185 pound receiver from Brookwood High School in Snellville (GA) knew that State was the right fit. So what did he think of his time in Raleigh?

"It definitely lived up to my expectations," he said. "They treated my family very well while we were up there plus my best friend Jerod Fernandez had committed up there. He played a big role in my decision but he never rushed me."

Priester's recruiting was headed up by defensive back's coach Mike Reed. While he came impressed by the Wolfpack's game day atmosphere, his decision to join the Wolfpack boiled down to his relationship with the coaching staff.

"The atmosphere was great but it really just came down to coaching, the coaches and feeling at home. I talked to all the coaches. Me and coach O'Brien have a great relationship and then my position coach, coach Walters, we have a good relationship and coach Reed is real cool. I felt like these guys wanted me the most (out of all the schools recruiting). They told me if I come in and work, I can play as a true freshman. When I told them I was committing they were happy and all gave me hugs."

So what role does Priester see himself filling one he arrives at State next summer?

"I think I can be a speed guy or a possession receiver. I can also do kick return and punt return. I think I have the speed to do both of those. I can also take the short routes and then make something happen with it."

Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 93 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com, Priester chose NC State over South Carolina, TCU and Vanderbilt.


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