Priester cleared: WSU impact goes beyond WR

WIDE RECEIVER Kyrin Priester's request for a waiver has been approved by the NCAA and the former Clemson transfer is immediately eligible to play this season at Washington State. But it's not just at wide receiver where the 6-1, 190-pounder could have an impact for the Cougs.

Kyrin Priester has been getting looks at gunner in Washington State's fall camp, too.

And also as a return man - both on punts and kickoffs.

Meanwhile, he's been doing good work this fall camp at the X receiver spot. At Sunday's scrimmage he had four grabs for 67 yards, posting the highest ypc among the receivers (16.75).

Add it all up, and Priester could impact the Cougars in a number of different ways this season now that he's been cleared.

Priester now has four-to-play-four at Washington State.

Players transferring are normally forced to sit out a year per NCAA rule but several football student-athletes this offseason successfully petitioned the NCAA and were granted immediate eligibility after they, in NCAA parlance, were forced to leave for reasons beyond their control.

Priester was dismissed from Clemson last season. Tigers' head man Dabo Sweeney cited “an attitude that is not acceptable to our standards” when he showed the door to the former 3-star prospect out of Snellville, Ga., after just one game in 2014. Priester told CF.C last year prior to his official visit to WSU the issue stemmed from "differences I had with my position coach."

There's been no such discord with outside receivers coach Graham Harrell at WSU.

Priester lauded Harrell's coaching back in a spring ball interview with CF.C. And Harrell, in a conversation with CF.C prior to that, said he was thrilled with Priester's potential and playmaking ability after the winter's Midnight Maneuvers sessions.

And Clemson apparently had a hand in bringing about a positive outcome for Priester at Washington State for '15.

The NCAA requires the former school to show that Priester would not have been able to return for reasons outside his control, and also to have submitted a written statement in favor of the waiver request.

The Cougs had thir first day off from fall camp on Monday, after moving back to Pullman from Lewiston. They practice next on Tuesday at WSU at 3:30 p.m.


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