But his abilities weren’t limited to the offensive side of the ball.
Pierce was such a great athlete that Bauer put him at arguably the toughest defensive position on the field — cornerback. He had the size and speed to play the position but more importantly Pierce has always had the ability to bounce back after a mistake, which will be key at the collegiate level.
“He has true speed and that’s something that can’t be coached,” said Bauer. “One of things he did well was play that corner spot. You have to have the personality where if something bad happens you bounce back. (In college) the pond gets smaller and the fish are still big because you’re playing with all-conference kids from all over. That ability to bounce back will be big for him.”
Pierce has another advantage as he prepares for his first season of collegiate football. In his time at Beverly, the Panthers established an elite football culture with players supremely dedicated to the team. Pierce will bring that dedication and winning attitude to a Hawks team that finished just 2-9 last season.
“The first few visits (to St. A’s) they said the toughest part is waking up at 6 a.m. for workouts,” said Pierce. “I’ve been doing that for the past four years.”