2001: A late transfer, Priest can add to the depth of the team and his power may catapault him into the starting lineup as a designated hitter.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: ?Nick is a talented hitter that can play different positions. There is no debate about his power. He has legitimate power. It?s about catching up on missed time and how quickly he can adjust to this level of pitching. If he is in our lineup, it will add to our overall power.?
JUNIOR COLLEGE: A preseason All-American at Grossmont (Calif.) College...played left field at Grossmont.
HIGH SCHOOL: A first team All-East County selection at El Capitan High in Lakeside, Calif...also was a running back on the football team...graduated as a member on the honor roll.
PERSONAL: Majoring in economics...enjoys surfing and scuba diving in his spare time...biggest sports hero is Jeff Bagwell...chose USC for its baseball program and academics...birthdate is Nov. 26, 1980.