Former Lake Mary wide receiver Kyrin 'Ky' Priester, who transferred at the beginning of the current semester to Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood High outside Atlanta, has committed to the University of Georgia's recruiting class of 2013.
Priester (6-1, 185), one of the top 2013 receivers in Central Florida prior to moving, played in just five games a year ago for the Rams before suffering a cracked fibula. He was still able to compile some impressive stats with 31 receptions for 565 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 18 yards per catch.
He said he was drawn to Georgia as a fan during the playing days of former Georgia receiver A.J. Green.
"I'm a huge A.J. Green fan and when I saw him playing wide receiver in ninth or 10th grade I just really liked Georgia," Priester said. "[UGa] is somewhere I want to be and it's a great spot for me ... only about an hour away from here [Snellville]."
Priester figures he most likely would not have committed yet if still at Lake Mary.
"I wouldn't be able to visit so easy like I can right now," Priester said. "It was my second time there [Friday] and I really iked it the first time."
He's hoping to compete for early playing time.
"I’m pretty excited and I don’t think any offer can get any better," Priester said. "It's the SEC, the best conference in country. If I can compete the way I think I can, I should be able to get some early playing time."
Priester lived with his father in Lake Mary for two years. He moved to Lake Mary after his mom, with whom he was living, decided to move from St. Petersburg to Snellville. Due to family issues, he decided to move back in with his mother.
"I was kinda scared," Priester said of moving to a new school so late in his high school career. "But it's going pretty good. The school and the people here really brought me in and made me feel great."
He does know, however, that he could be missing out on some big things at Lake Mary this season. Two other seniors-to-be TE Taylor Marini and LB Jerod Fernandez are also getting NCAA Division I-A attention, and a few other players could also land offers if things go well for players like RB Robert Brown, WR Devon Jones-Stewart and DE Quan Boone. The Rams also have returning starting quarterback Jake Tipton and ATH Jared Reimel, who will likely challenge Tipton at QB during the spring.
"I miss them a lot .. miss Lake Mary a lot," said Priester, who didn't exactly transfer to a struggling program at Brookwood. "They're pretty good. They won state the year before this past season."
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