NCF On The Trail: Kyrin Priester

Top position classes: WR 

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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and SEC)
While the Baylor Bears had an exceptional wide receiver class, the nod here goes to LSU. Not only did the Tigers sign the nation's No. 1 receiver in Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian), but also the No. 3 ranked receiver in Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) and ESPN 300 No. 271 D.J. Chark (Alexandria, La./Alexandria Senior) and No. 283 Tony Upchurch (Pearland, Texas/Dawson). In Dupre, LSU snagged the No. 17 prospect overall on signing day. He has a tall, lengthy frame with a near ideal size-and-speed combination and elite high-point ball skills. Quinn will enter LSU as an advanced route-runner with separation skills and the ability to pluck the ball outside of the framework of his body. Chark brings initial quickness and the vertical speed to take the top off a defense, and Upchurch is a big body who continues to add bulk and could eventually transition to a flex type of position.

The Tigers had the nation’s best wide receiver class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Bryce Dixon, the nation’s No. 1 tight end prospect, has committed to USC, but that hasn’t stopped UCLA from pursuing him; Clemson’s receiver class is making a case for the best in the country; and junior college cornerback Darius White was afraid he wasn’t going to find a home after he wasn’t able to enroll at midterm, but that changed this weekend.

Trojans, Bruins duking it out for Dixon
Things have certainly gotten interesting in the battle to sign Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Bryce Dixon. The nation’s No. 1 tight end prospect committed to USC at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, but since then rumors have continued to swirl about Dixon’s pledge. One Pac-12 coach told me Dixon publicly is telling people he’s still with the Trojans but privately he’s looking very hard at UCLA. “The key is going to be whatever team ends up stepping up and taking his teammate, cornerback Davonte Nunnery,” the coach said. “They’re a package deal.” Dixon is scheduled to visit USC this weekend, likely with Nunnery in tow, and UCLA is scheduled to get a visit on Jan. 31. Don’t be surprised, however, if some wrangling occurs and USC tries to push the visit back to the final weekend of the recruiting calendar.

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Under coach Dabo Swinney, Clemson has finally rid itself of the underachievers label that haunted the program for much of the last decade. The program has turned the corner, and the Tigers are putting together the kind of recruiting classes to continually compete for ACC championships. Now Swinney can pitch an Orange Bowl win to recruits in 2014 and beyond, too.


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Midyear signings: Clemson

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According to ClemsonTigers.com, the following players have signed financial aid agreements with Clemson:

Deshaun Watson, QB-DT, Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville
HT: 6-3 WT: 190
Positional Rank: #1 QB-DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#14)

Artavis Scott, WR, Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake
HT: 5-11 WT: 179
Positional Rank: #9 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#83)

Demarre Kitt, WR, Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 196
Positional Rank: #22 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#165)

Kyrin Priester, WR, Snellville, Ga./Fork Union Military
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A Post-Grad
Stars: 4

Chris Register, OLB, Greensboro, N.C./Dudley
HT: 6-3 WT: 230
Positional Rank: #25 OLB
Stars: 4
When ESPN 300 wide receiver Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) verbally committed to Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon, it didn’t come as a surprise to many. After all, Malone is the top-ranked prospect in Tennessee and the Vols have placed a heavy emphasis on landing the talented pass-catcher.

Clemson, however, has been known to go out-of-state and land top receiver prospects such as Sammy Watkins. The Tigers might have lost out on Malone, but it’s not like they were left empty-handed.

Clemson already has commitments from ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), as well as Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga/Fork Union Military Academy).

The Tigers are also targeting another ESPN 300 prospect Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside) and they are considered, by many, to be the favorite for the talented pass-catcher.

In addition to Clemson, Malone was also heavily considering Georgia and Florida State before narrowing down his choices to Clemson and Tennessee late in the process.

For Georgia, the Bulldogs already have commitments from Shakenneth Williams (Macon, Ga./Rutland) and Gilbert Johnson (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) and they are limited on scholarships. Unless something changes on its recruiting board, Georgia might not take another receiver in this class.

Florida State, meanwhile, is still in heavy contention for ESPN 300 wide receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) and Florida commit Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead). If FSU continues to have success on the field and happens to win the national championship, the Seminoles will likely see new names appear on their board.
ESPN 300 wide receiver Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) was committed to NC State heading into his visit this weekend at Clemson.


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4-star WR Clark talks Clemson visit 

January, 20, 2013
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Four-star wide receiver James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) officially visited Clemson this weekend.


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Clemson lures Priester from NC State 

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ESPN 300 wide receiver Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) flipped his commitment from the NC State Wolfpack to the Clemson Tigers following an official visit with Clemson, multiple sources report.


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New leader for N.C. State WR pledge 

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ESPN 300 wide receiver Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) has gone somewhat under the radar since making his commitment to N.C. State in October, but college coaches know his potential stacks up well with any wideout in the Southeast. That is why another ACC school has turned up the heat to get him in their program come signing day.


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Kyrin Priester close to decommitting 

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After the news of N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien being let go on Sunday, Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood), the Wolfpack’s top commitment in the 2013 class, is close to decommitting.

“I was kind of mad at first, but now I am just trying to see who the new coach is and see how everything is,” Priester said. “I am pretty much going to open it back up, depending on what happens with Coach [Troy] Walters. If he is fired, I am not going there.”

The wide receivers coach spoke to the ESPN 300 wideout Sunday to give him the news that he might not be at N.C. State much longer, and that Priester should consider looking at his options.

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Weekly Recruiting Roundup 

October, 12, 2012
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ACC
North Carolina State
Kyrin Priester WR Snellville, GA, Brookwood
HT: 6-1 WT: 181
Position Rank: #19 WR

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This is a much needed addition for the Wolfpack as they are sorely lacking perimeter playmakers. Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) is a very sharp and decisive route runner who has the size and speed to be a downfield field threat and enough athleticism to extend plays after the catch underneath. The No. 164-rated prospect in the ESPN 300 is lean and wiry, but with a surprising ability to separate. This is a need area for N.C. State and Priester is a nice start.

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Fresh off of an upset victory over No. 3 FSU, the NC State coaches received some good news on the recruiting trail as ESPN 300 wide receiver Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) made a commitment to the Wolfpack on Saturday.

Kyrin Priester
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comFormer Georgia commit Kyrin Priester has now chosen NC State after Saturday's upset win over Florida State.
“I am officially committed to NC State,” Priester said Sunday.

The late-evening upset made a strong impression on Priester while he was in attendance.

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Last year the Bulldogs signed 19 players for the 2012 class. Now, with eight months to go until signing day for the 2013 class, Georgia has matched that total with the addition of wide receiver Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln).

“Yeah, I just committed to Georgia,” Davis told DawgNation on Sunday night.

“I was talking with the coaches and they asked, ‘Do you like Georgia?’ I said yes, and that I would come in and work for a spot, too,” Davis said about his conversation with UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball. “He said, ‘I like that you will come in and work for a spot and I don’t mind playing freshmen. I will make plays for you. Also you got your name on the map with special teams, so I will let you get back there on kick return and punt return.’ That was what I wanted to hear, so I committed.”

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During the final days of the last recruiting cycle, the University of Georgia fell just short on several wide receiver targets, notably in-state target Jaquay Williams (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and top juco prospect Cordarelle Patterson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC). With only one receiver set to arrive next month, Blake Tibbs (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), the Bulldogs are making an effort to restock the position for 2013.

They took another step in the right direction Friday with the addition of one of the most coveted receivers in the Southeast.

Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) announced his commitment to Georgia, giving the Bulldogs their second wide receiver commitment along with Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood), and ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) and athlete J.J. Green (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.) are likely to start out at the position as well.

According to Butler head coach Brian Hales, the Bulldogs have added an outstanding talent.

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