WRs coach could help Bulls flip 3-star recruit

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As Willie Taggart works to fill out his coaching staff at USF, one potential hire on the offensive side could help the Bulls land a three-star receiver with local ties.

Back before Christmas, we mentioned that former N.C. State receivers coach Troy Walters -- a star receiver at Stanford who spent eight years in the NFL -- had an interest in joining Taggart's staff. Bulls247.com's Josh Newberg is reporting that Walters interviewed with Taggart on Thursday night, and if he gets the Bulls job, a top N.C. State recruit could follow him to Tampa.

Kyrin "Ky" Priester, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247, played this fall in the Atlanta suburb of Snellville, Ga., but he was born in St. Petersburg and played as a freshman at Boca Ciega. He also spent two years at Lake Mary High near Orlando, so he's familiar with Bulls quarterback recruit Asiantii Woulard. Walters was a big part of why he committed to NCSU, so he'd be interested in USF if he's there.

"Coach Walters has talked to me about it. Hopefully he gets the job," Priester said by phone this week. "If he gets the job, we'd talk about it and see where it goes for there. I'm wide-open right now. It's a possibility."

Priester originally committed to Georgia, then backed out, explaining that he'd committed too early. He committed to N.C. State, but that was before Tom O'Brien and his staff were fired. He's expected to meet with new coach Dave Doerin on Friday, but has a long list of suitors, including Ole Miss, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Maryland.

Priester's mother graduated from USF, and he still has extensive family in St. Petersburg on his mother's side -- Lakewood quarterback Tracy Johnson is a cousin. He knows a few current USF football players from St. Petersburg, including safety JaQuez Jenkins and defensive end Julius Forte.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 11:31pm]

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