Priester did not comment on why he was dismissed. In his pre-spring media call, Mike Leach told reporters Priester’s participation in the spring would be limited and that playing in the fall would be “a tall order” due to his academic situation.
Priester was suspended indefinitely last summer but remained in school at Washington State. He was reinstated to the program by Leach before the spring session.
Priester’s Twitter post was last Saturday may have hinted at his current situation.
According to Priester, UNLV inquired about his availability recently but Priester said he will look to go the D-II route to continue his football career. He would have been a fourth-year junior this season at WSU. Priester was no longer listed on the official WSU roster as of late Tuesday afternoon.
In 2015, Priester reeled in 33 receptions for 241 yards and one touchdown for the Cougs.
As has been well documented by CF.C, Priester is a former three-star recruit out of Snellville, Georgia. Prior to signing with Clemson, he was verbally committed to Georgia and North Carolina State and also held offers from Ohio State, South Carolina, TCU and Vanderbilt.
He spent a year at prep school before joining Clemson and played one game on special teams before being dismissed for what Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney called “an attitude that is not acceptable to our standards.”
Priester was part of Swinney’s monster 2013 recruitment class that featured Mike Williams (Chargers), Mackensie Alexander (Vikings), Shaq Lawson (Bills), Ben Boulware (Panthers) and T.J. Green (Colts).
When he practiced this spring at WSU, Priester lined up mostly at inside receiver. While Priester did a reasonably good job on the days he practiced, CF.C correspondent James Lindsay, who watched all 15 practices this spring, listed Easop Winston and Kyle Sweet at the Y, and Robert Lewis and Renard Bell at the H, on his post-spring two-deeps.