If Kyrin Priester (the Clemson Tigers newest recruit) can learn the playbook quick enough this spring and summer, he may be able to start from day one. Priester has the size and ability to play DeAndre Hopkins‘ role or any other receiver role in the Tiger offense. Hopkins, an outstanding junior wide receiver, left school after the season for the NFL draft.
Hopkins put up fantastic numbers from day one, and Priester could too. Last season, Hopkins caught 82 balls for 1405 yards and a whopping 18 touchdowns. Priester has just about the same measurables as Hopkins, and put up some pretty gaudy high school number as well in his senior season. Look for head coach Dabo Swinney to glue the playbook to Priester’s hands this off-season.
Priester almost never made it to Clemson. Originally, he had intended to play for the N.C State Wolfpack. When two wide receiver recruits bolted for other schools, Tigers receivers coach Jeff Scott needed a different approach. He was left with begging Priester to switch his commitment and sign with Clemson. The begging worked, and Priester and Scott should both benefit from it.
I see a large learning curve ahead for Priester. But if he stays focused, he could become the next big name for Clemson football. Look for him to impact the team immediately and put up some nice numbers to build on throughout his college career. I see a 400-500 yard freshman season, with a handful of touchdowns to go with it. Clemson has a solid program Swinney with at the helm. Signing Priester should continue the Tigers success.