An Athlete Named Desir

There aren't a lot of all-around athletes in the state of Missouri better than Pierre Desir of Howell Central. Desir scored 24 touchdowns last season – including three on special teams and two on defense – en route to local player of the year honors, runs a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, and has schools from all over the country calling to inquire.

So it's no surprise the Missouri staff is keen on the junior playmaker.

I'm getting requests for tape from Clemson, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, lots of schools … Pretty much the whole Big 12 North except for Nebraska. Notre Dame, too," said Howell Central coach Todd Berck. "He's a national type of recruit."

Desir, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, was named first-team all-conference as both a running back and a defensive back, but he said the Missouri staff sees him as neither.

"During the junior day they talked to me about which position I would play. They would like me to play receiver," he said, adding that would be his first choice as well.

Desir, who's hearing mostly from MU, Kansas and Kansas State, has visited Missouri three times and enjoyed it.

"I like the facilities and I like the people. It's a good environment and it's a [program] on the come-up," he said.

He doesn't have any offers yet, as colleges are waiting for his ACT scores, Berck said. But he doesn't expect that to be an issue.

"He's a solid kid on and off the field," Berck said. "He has a lot of potential, a lot of upside."

Should MU's staff elect to offer Desir a scholarship, they also have in their favor a strong connection with his coach. While coaching at Mexico High, Berck sent standout Dedrick Harrington to Mizzou. And more recently, he sent defensive end Bart Coslet to the Tigers.

"I have a very good relationship with the Missouri staff," he said.

Desir qualified for the state track meet in four events, which is the maximum number in which a runner can qualify. He also was one of the best players on the school's basketball team.

"Just an all-around athlete," Berck said.

Desire said he'd like to choose a school this summer, but isn't going to rush into anything. In other words, he's not ready to accept an offer from anyone, unless somehow his childhood favorite Florida State jumped into the mix. But there has been no contact on that front.

As always, InsideMizzou will keep you posted …

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