Clemson transfer Kyrin Priester has been cleared to play for the Cougars this season.
The Cougars’ passing game just got a 6-foot-1, 190-pound boost.
Wide receiver Kyrin Priester, a Clemson transfer, has won his appeal with the NCAA and will be able to play for the Cougs this season.
Student-athletes who transfer from one FBS school to another typically have to sit out a year according to NCAA rules. But the Cougs filed an appeal for Priester based on a little known “run off” clause that allows athletes who were forced to leave their previous team for reasons beyond their control to play immediately if their previous school will provide certain documentation to the NCAA.
The WSU Athletic Department declined to comment on the details of Priester’s appeal, but the fact that the NCAA approved it indicates that Clemson cooperated with WSU and provided all necessary documentation.
According to NCAA rules, Clemson had to submit information to show that Priester would not have been able to return to the Tigers program for reasons outside his control and write a statement supporting WSU’s appeal on the player’s behalf.
Priester was a four-star recruit coming out of Brookwood High (Snellville, Ga.) in 2013. He enrolled at Clemson in January 2014 and played one game for the Tigers before he was dismissed from the team for what coach Dabo Swinney termed “an attitude that is not acceptable to our standard.”
Priester, a redshirt freshman, has had a great fall camp. He had four receptions for 67 yards in the Cougs’ fall scrimmage on Sunday and his explosiveness and physicality will be a big asset to an already talented WSU receiving corps that features Biletnikoff Award watch list candidate River Cracraft, veteran Dom Williams and Gabe Marks, who led the Cougs with 807 receiving yards in 2013.