Countdown to Signing Day: HS coach says WR Kyrin Priester 'the whole package'

'He's...just very athletic. He makes people miss in the open field'

WR Kyrin Priester (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

WR Kyrin Priester (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Montravius Adams, the nation's consensus No. 1 defensive tackle, stands at the top of Clemson's stretch-run recruiting list. Tyrone Crowder, who is ranked as the nation's No. 2 offensive guard by both ESPN and 247Sports, is right behind.

But in terms of immediate need for this particular class, no one ranks higher than wide receiver Kyrin Priester of Snellville, Ga.

Priester, previously the top-rated player on N.C. State's recruiting list, flipped his commitment from the Wolfpack to the Tigers on Sunday. He was also being pursued by Ohio State.

Ranked No. 172 overall by ESPN, Priester is rated as the nation's 20th best wide receiver and as one of the state of Georgia's top 20 players by ESPN. He's ranked nearly as highly as Demarcus Robinson, a Clemson commitment who flipped to Florida before enrolling in January, and higher than Ryan Jenkins, a longtime Tiger commitment (and the brother of Clemson cornerback Martin Jenkins) who recently dropped the Tigers for Tennessee.

As the second wide receiver on Clemson's 2013 commitment list, Priester is an important addition for the Tigers, who look just one wide receiver last cycle (Germone Hopper), while passing on Gaffney, S.C.'s Quinshad Davis, who had an outstanding freshman season for ACC rival North Carolina.

Priester, who originally committed to Georgia before switching to N.C. State last summer, joins Mike Williams in the Tigers' 2013 receiver class.

Clemson will take another wide-out if they can get him, in the person of James Clark of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., who, like Priester, made an official visit over the weekend and is also being recruited by Ohio State. He has narrowed his choices to Clemson, Nebraska (where he visited the previous weekend), Northwestern and Florida.

In gaining Priester's commitment, Clemson undoubtedly benefited from the impact of Dabo Swinney's newest staff member, defensive backs coach Mike Reed, who was Priester's primary recruiter at N.C. State.

ESPN describes Priester as a wide receiver who "combines size (6-2, 185), deceptively good speed and elusiveness for a player of his height. He has a long, wiry frame and can be a little straight-lined, but he's also flexible enough to get in and out of breaks and make defenders miss after the catch."

As a junior at Lake Mary, Fla., Priester missed the first five games of the season with a fractured fibula but returned to catch 31 passes for 565 yards and five touchdowns.

During his senior season at Georgia's Brookwood High, he caught 60 passes for 1,200 yards and a dozen touchdowns.

After Priester made an early commitment to Georgia, over offers from TCU and Vanderbilt, his high school coach told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that "he's just a heck of an athlete."

“He reminds me of Andre Sims, our wide receiver who signed with Michigan State a couple of years ago,” Brookwood coach Mark Crews told the AJC. “He’s a wide receiver and a return guy, just very athletic. He makes people miss in the open field and that kind of thing.

“Andre is around maybe 5-10, while Kyrin is about 6-2. He’s a really good-looking kid as far as his physique. He has a 2.9 GPA. He seems to be the ‘whole package,’ as they say.”

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