Speeding Past the Arch

East St. Louis (IL) standout Anthony Pierson (6-0, 178, 4.38) took an unofficial visit to Fayetteville last Saturday to watch the Razorbacks rout UTEP and has plans to be back for an official visit in the near future with his teammate and Arkansas commit Keante Minor.

The end of Anthony Pierson's senior season was cut short due to an eligibility issue, but the East St. Louis (IL) High standout is not going to let it ruin his future.

That's what Pierson (6-0, 178, 4.38) – who could play running back, wideout or cornerback in college - said while watching Arkansas whip UTEP 58-21 this past Saturday night.

The one-time Missouri commit – and a teammate of Arkansas wide receiver commit Keante Minor - is also now looking at Arkansas, Iowa and Kansas.

"I can't do anything to change things now so I am just going to move ahead and try to find a great college and have a great career there," Pierson said.

Pierson rushed for 1,408 yards and 23 touchdowns while averaging 11.7 yards per carry – all St. Louis area bests - in his 10 games.

He transferred from Gateway Tech – where he had played three seasons - to East St. Louis at the start of the 2010-2011 school year as he switched between the homes of his dad and mom.

Because of some earlier eligibility issues for the school, East St. Louis ended up being removed from the 2010 IHSA Football Playoffs and forced to forfeit 15 victories over the last two seasons.

"I was just trying to do what was best for me, but they ruled I wasn't where I needed to be," Pierson said.

Pierson's best game of the season was a 263-yard, six-touchdown performance against Belleville East on Oct. 9.

He likes what he sees out of Arkansas.

"They have a great offense and some great weapons," Pierson said. "I could really see myself playing here. I am going to take an official visit here whenever Keante takes his."

He did leave at halftime with his family to head back to St. Louis.

"It was kind of cold and we had a chance to see what we needed to," Pierson said. "I'll be back and get the full tour later."

Pierson has an official visit set up to Kansas in December and is working on setting ones up to Arkansas, Iowa, and Missouri.

"Those are the only schools I am going to look at now," Pierson said. "I like what I have seen here of Arkansas and they are going to be right up there at the top."

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