Recruiting Plan B: Tigers went back to their 'A-list' to nab WR Kyrin Priester

Jeff Scott: 'Because of his versatility, that will probably allow him to make an impact sooner rather than later'

WR Kyrin Priester (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CU

WR Kyrin Priester (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CU

Kyrin Priester was always an 'A-list' prospect: first for Georgia, then for N.C. State, and finally for Clemson.

The signing of Priester - an ESPN top 200 pick who prior to flipping to Clemson was N.C. State's highest-rated commitment - proved to be a coup for the Clemson coaching staff.

The Tigers, who all but closed down their recruiting of wide receivers early in the 2013 cycle, took a late hit when two committed players - Ryan Jenkins and Demarcus Robinson switched to Tennessee and Florida, respectively.

That left Clemson with just one committed player at a position where the coaches wanted to sign two or three.

Plan B, for Tigers' wide receiver coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott, was to go back to the A-list.

"When those spots came open, Kyrin was the first guy that we called," said Scott. "He's a guy who we were very involved with early in the process. He had come over here several times, but before we were able to get him to that point (of committing), we had filled up at the wide receiver position."

Clemson's need at wide receiver coincided with Mike Reed's arrival on the Tiger coaching staff as defensive secondary coach. Reed had been N.C. State's lead recruiter on Priester before Tom O'Brien was fired as head coach.

The connection worked immediately in Clemson's favor.

Scott predicts that Tiger fans won't have to wait long to see Priester in action.

"Kyrin, because of his size at 6-2, gives us some versatility," Scott explained. "He can play several different positions: our 'nine,' where DeAndre Hopkins played these past years, or our 'five' where Jaron Brown played. And he can also play the 'two' spot where Sammy (Watkins) plays.

"Kyrin meets the requirements for all three positions. Because of his versatility, that will probably allow him to make an impact sooner rather than later."

Kyrin Priester's Signing Day Bio

- A top 175 player according to ESPN, they rank Priester as the 172nd player in the nation overall

- ESPN also ranks him as the 20th best wide receiver and 19th best player in Georgia

- He is rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, and three stars by Rivals, Scout and 247

- As a senior, Priester had 56 catches for over 1000 yards and 13 scores

- He caught 31 passes for 565 yards and five touchdowns as a junior

- He was named a PrepStar All-Southeast Region selection

- Priester was recruited by Tony Elliott and Mike Reed

- He played for Mark Crews at Brookwood High

- Born on Nov. 11, 1994

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Bigboots writes:

So glad this young man didn't have to go to NC State.
Good decision.

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