Ex-UGA football recruit Kyrin Priester committed to NC State on Sunday.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver from Brookwood High School said he picked NC State over South Carolina, TCU and Vanderbilt.
“My relationship with the NC State coaches sealed the deal,” Priester told the AJC. “Then when I got there this weekend, the atmosphere for the game and everything … everybody being so nice to me, and my family as well, made it even better.”
Priester originally committed to UGA last April and then re-opened his recruiting a few months later because he felt like he had “rushed” his decision.
Last summer, Priester nearly committed to South Carolina after being recruited heavily by assistant Steve Spurrier Jr. “I had a good relationship with Coach Spurrier, but I didn’t really talk to the all the other coaches like I did at NC State. It’s like family there. It was way better this weekend than when I went to the Missouri game at South Carolina.
“At South Carolina, I felt like I only knew Coach Spurrier. With all the other coaches, they didn’t seem to have my best interests for me. I was just another player to them. Well, I’m not going to say I was just another player to them but when I went to NC State, all the coaches got involved with me. Everybody spoke to me, and everybody was cool. At South Carolina, I spoke mostly with just Coach Spurrier.”
Priester also considered committing to UGA for a second time. After being encouraged by his Brookwood teammate who is committed to the Bulldogs, linebacker Shaun McGee, Priester made a surprise unofficial visit to UGA for the Buffalo game. While at the game, Priester said he talked with UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball, and said at the time: “They told me there was a place for me if that’s where I want to be. Coach Ball said they still need another wide receiver, and if I got serious about Georgia and put them back on the table, I will have a scholarship there.”
After thinking more about it, Priester got serious about UGA. He called a few weeks ago to set up an official visit for the UGA-Tennessee game and found out that the scholarship was gone, or was being saved for somebody else.
“They basically told my mom that they took my scholarship away,” Priester said. “They said I could come to the game and get tickets, but not as an official visit. When they told my mom about the scholarship being taken away, that’s when I knew they weren’t serious about me. It got to me a little bit, but I’m fine because now I’m where I want to be, and that’s NC State.”
Priester moved from the Orlando area to Brookwood after his junior season last March. His best friend, linebacker Jerod Fernandez of Florida’s Lake Mary High School, is also committed to NC State.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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