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Kyrin Priester wins appeal, can play for WSU this season

(Receiver Kyrin  Priester won his appeal to the NCAA and is eligible to play for WSU this season.) (Tyler Tjomsland)
(Receiver Kyrin Priester won his appeal to the NCAA and is eligible to play for WSU this season.) (Tyler Tjomsland)

Kyrin Priester will not have to sit out after transferring from Clemson to Washington State, where he should make an immediate impact for the Cougars.

WSU coach Mike Leach said last Wednesday that the school filed an appeal on Priester's behalf to the NCAA, asking them to waive the typical requirement that transfers between FBS schools sit for one season. It is like that the Cougars requested a "run-off waiver," which the NCAA occasionally grants to athletes that have been told they are no longer welcome at their former school.

Leach noted that the appeal was likely to be granted because Priester's case was similar to those of other athletes who petitioned to have the requirement waived.

Priester was dismissed by Clemson following the 2014 season, but it appears that Tigers coach Dabo Swinney and his staff don't hold any grudges, since one of the stipulations for granting the waiver is that the former school provide documentation supporting the athlete.

Now that Priester can play, the already-deep WSU receiving corps could be one of the country's best. Priester was considered an elite wide receiver prospect coming out of high school, and he has been one of WSU's best players since he arrived for spring practices last year.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver from Brookwood, Georgia, routinely makes difficult catches in practice and his combination of speed and natural strength often leads to big plays once he has the ball in his hands. In practice he has received reps as a kick returner, as well.

During WSU's preseason camp, Priester routinely ran as the No. 2 X receiver behind Dom Williams. Williams, a senior, is likewise expected to contribute heavily this fall. Whoever starts, expect both Priester and Williams to be among WSU's most-targeted receivers this fall.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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