Expected to be forced to sit out his first season at a new school, Kyrin Priester will instead have the opportunity to be an immediate contributor.
According to WazzuWatch.com, Rivals.com‘s Washington State website, Priester has won his appeal for immediate eligibility and will play for the Cougars this fall. No reason for the basis of the initial appeal for the hardship waiver was given.
It should be noted that Wazzu has yet to publicly announce Priester’s status for the 2015 season.
After getting the boot by Clemson in September of 2014, the wide receiver signed with Wazzu two months later.
Priester signed with Clemson in 2013 but spent that year at Fork Union Military Academy. He enrolled at Clemson in January of this year and played in one game for the Tigers, the season opener. He was dismissed by head coach Dabo Swinney shortly after the opener for what was described as an “attitude” issue.
A three-star member of the Tigers’ 2013 recruiting class, Priester was rated as the No. 77 receiver in the country and the No. 54 player in the state of Georgia.
Three wide receivers who were a part of Clemson’s 2014 recruiting class enrolled in January. One of those, second-team All-ACC selection Artavis Scott, led the Tigers in receptions and receiving touchdowns as he played an integral role in the offense his first season. The other two? Gone.
In September, Kyrin Priester, a three-star member of the 2013 class who spent a year at the Fork Union Military Academy before joining the Tigers this year, was “dismissed from the team for an attitude that is not acceptable to our standards.” Three months later, Demarre Kitt announced on social media that he has decided to transfer out of the football program.
“It’s almost been a whole year at [C]lemson and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. But I don’t feel like Clemson is the best fit for me. Nothing against [C]lemson at all, [i]t is a great school but I feel my future is better [elsewhere]. Thank you [C]lemson fans, teammates and coaches for everything!”
The school subsequently confirmed that the player had taken his leave of the team.
This season in limited playing time, Kitt had five receptions for 47 yards. A four-star member of Clemson’s most recent recruiting class, Kitt was rated as the No. 16 receiver in the country and the No. 11 player at any position in the state of Georgia.
If Kitt transfers to another FBS program, he would more than likely be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA bylaws.
Clemson freshman wide receiver Kyrin Priester has been dismissed from the program after one game with the Tigers. The dismissal isn’t due to an off-the-field incident or grades. The freshman simply didn’t approach college football with the right frame of mind.
“Kyrin Priester has been dismissed from the team for an attitude that is not acceptable to our standards,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said after Wednesday’s practice.
Priester contributed on special teams during Clemson season-opening loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, but he wasn’t credited with making any plays.
The wide receiver was considered a three-star prospect out of Fork Union Military Academy. Priester gave North Carolina State a verbal commitment when he was originally recruited out of high school. Priester then flipped to Clemson before it became obvious a post-graduate school was needed for the wide receiver to qualify academically. Priester did so while maintaining his commitment to the Tigers.
Prior to signing with Clemson the first time, Priester also held scholarship offers from the Ohio State Buckeyes, Georgia Bulldogs, Purdue Boilermakers, South Carolina Gamecocks, TCU Horned Frogs and Vanderbilt Commodores.
Now that Priester will have to sit out this season, he should reconsider his options. It will come with the caveat of whether or not the NCAA will even allow him to play during the 2015 season due to transfer rules, since he technically played during the current campaign. Priester could also consider transferring to an FCS-caliber program, and he wouldn’t have to the deal with the NCAA’s red tape next season.
Whatever Priester plans to do, he’ll have to approach it with a new attitude.