Every year, both UGA and Georgia Tech extend a last-minute scholarship offer to an in-state kid after another target goes elsewhere.
Kyrin Priester, who had a breakout senior season and is now considered by some to be the state’s top prospect at wide receiver, is a name to keep an eye on.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound speedster from Brookwood High School was actually committed to UGA for a few months, re-opened his recruiting, and is now pledged to NC State. However, that commitment is kind of shaky after NC State fired coach Tom O’Brien.
“I was kind of upset about it,” Preister told the AJC. “But I’m not going to do anything until I find out if my position coach gets fired. If he gets fired, then I’m not going to NC State.”
Priester quickly picked up an offer from Mississippi State on Monday and has many other colleges wanting to evaluate his senior highlight film, which should be finished within the next week or so.
Now what about UGA and Priester? He committed to the Bulldogs shortly after transferring from the Orlando area to Brookwood High School last year. A few months later, he decided to open things back up. There were rumors that UGA wasn’t keeping in contact as much as Priester would’ve liked, but he simply says, “I just committed too early. It’s a big decision, and I wanted to make sure I was making the right one.”
UGA and Priester have kept in touch, and some of it has to do with one of his Brookwood buddy, LB Shaun McGee, being committed to UGA. Priester quietly made unofficial visits to UGA for both the Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern games.
“I’ve been talking to the coaches a little bit,” Priester said. “But you know, they’ve got other wide receivers committed. I’m pretty much waiting to see what (UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball) tells me … you know, if a spot opens up. But yes, we’ve been talking.”
UGA could go after Priester again if it misses on former Sandy Creek High School WR Ja’Quay Williams, who made an official visit with the Bulldogs last weekend. More likely, UGA would talk to Priester if WR commit Tramel Terry flips to Clemson.
Who else in Priester interested in? “I like the SEC right now,” he said. “I like LSU, I like Florida, and I like Georgia.”
My take: I think the scouts are going to love what they see with Priester’s film. He has a jaw-droppping combination of size and speed, and along with the “it” factor to make big plays – whether it was at wide receiver or defensive back for Brookwood. You’ll love his tape: He had tremendous body control, and he runs with a fluid motion that sort of makes everybody else looks like awkward or like they are moving in slow motion. He was one of the state’s five best overall high school players I saw this season.
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