WSU visitor looking for second chance

WHEN WASHINGTON STATE hosts USC this weekend, an interesting recruit will be on hand for an official visit. Former Clemson wide receiver Kyrin Priester, who was dismissed by the Tigers earlier this fall, will arrive to Pullman on Friday, he told Cougfan.com. The former three-star recruit is hearing from two Pac-12 schools, but says WSU is the program showing him the most love.

“They’ve been recruiting me ever since I got dismissed from Clemson,” Priester said. “I’ve been in contact with the coaches and they’ve just been telling me to come check out the campus and see how I like it. They throw the ball a lot too.”

Priester, who is finishing out the semester at Clemson, was dismissed by the Tigers for what coach Dabo Swinney called, “an attitude that is not acceptable to our standards.”

“It was just some differences I had with my position coach,” Priester said on the dismissal. Priester is now looking for another opportunity to shine on the gridiron and he’s thankful schools are giving him another look.

THE 6-1, 185-POUNDER said the two schools who have been recruiting him the most are WSU and Utah. However, the Cougs have definitely shown the most love, he said.

“I like Washington State a lot,” Priester said. “Their quarterback has already thrown for like 3,000 yards or something, (3,833.) They have a lot of wide receivers with a lot of catches and yards too.

“I even spoke with Vince Mayle on social media about the school. This was a few weeks ago, but he told me Wazzu is a cool place to be and I needed to come check it out for myself.”

Outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons has also been in close contact.

“I’ve spoken with him and he seems like a really good dude,” Priester said. “I can’t wait to meet him. He’s been telling me about the program and I’m just ready to get on campus and see how everything is. I want to get a feel for the vibe.”

COMING OUT OF high school in 2013, Priester was rated three stars and the No. 49 wide receiver in the land by Scout.com. Prior to committing to Clemson, he was committed to Georgia and North Carolina State. He held offers from those three schools, plus South Carolina, TCU, Vanderbilt and Ohio State. He also spent a year at prep school before arriving to Clemson this season.

Priester appeared in one game for the Tigers in 2014, making a few plays on special teams. Because he'll be transferring, Priester will need to sit out next season and then have 3-to-play-3, though he's hoping there might still be a way for him to become eligible for 2015.

“That’s something I’m going to have to figure out,” Priester said. “I’m not really sure how that’s going to work out. I’m hoping I can play next season, but we’ll have to wait and see (NCAA).”

Wherever Priester chooses to continue his playing days, he said he'll arrive there in January.

“I’m hoping to make my decision by Christmas, maybe sooner,” he said. “I want to have something permanent set up because I’m planning on getting to my new school to start the new semester.”

Could that new school be Washington State?

“I’m going out there this weekend wanting to see how the fans are at the game and to see if I could see myself living in the city,” Priester said. “It’s the West Coast and I’ve never been over there. I want to see how different it is and if I enjoy myself.

“The WSU coaches called the coaches here and have gotten everything cleared up. I feel like they’re willing to give me a second chance.”


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