When Duke defeated Miami it wasn't just a major victory on the field for the Blue Devil program, but also a statement to recruits in the Southeastern portion of the United States. Especially in Florida.
"Beating Miami means a lot to me because Duke beat my home town team, and the team I grew up watching. It meant so much to me and the class of 2014 guys, and we know we have to keep it going next year."
When he committed to Duke over offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida International, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, South Florida, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin, the nation's No. 49 rated QB admits he got a number of questions from fellow South Florida recruits. Maybe even some sideways glances. Now, however, Pierre says nobody is questioning him.
"I think wins like the one over Miami are great for the program, and it helps show other players that Duke is for real. They see it now and understand."
One Sunshine State player Pierre says he hopes the message is hitting home with is Trevon Lee, who is considered the top remaining recruit on the Blue Devils' recruiting board.
"I know we are all trying to get him to buy in with us. I think me, him, and Chris Taylor could be something special together up there."
Pierre is planning on visiting Duke on December 6th with Lee and a number of other players, provided that Duke doesn't have to reschedule because of the ACC Championship game. Whenever the visit occurs, however, he says he's looking forward to getting back on campus.
"Really I can't wait to get back up there and meet with the coaches and players again. This year has been really exciting for me to see how well Duke has done. I love it when a coach gets the best out of their players, and I want to be the best I can be, which is why I chose to play for Coach Cutcliffe."
"I know making the transition to college will be challenging…reading the defenses, making the right reads, and learning the timing is just a small part, I also have to learn the speed of the game and show leadership from the quarterback position. It's a lot, and it'll require me to be at my best all the time."