For Pierson-El, the day has been long coming.
"The first couple of months after I committed, I felt like it was taking a really long time to wrap up my senior year," said Pierson, who committed during Big Red Weekend in June of 2013. "To be honest, the last few months, I feel like things have gone by really fast. I'm ready to get there."
The Husker signee will go into summer conditioning and fall camp as a slot receiver, but could make a bigger impact on special teams with the wide receiver spot as deep as it is.
"The coaches say I can come in right away and help, but those are just words. I'm not saying that I don't trust them, but I'm preparing myself for either way it goes," said Pierson-El. "I know that all I can do is show what I have to offer. I'm going to compete and try to bring something to the table.
"I think that I could probably see the field faster as a special teams returner, but I haven't looked at it like that's my only option. I'm going to give it my best effort in the practice and hope to give the team another weapon. I want to help the team score as fast as possible."
When turning on his junior and senior highlight film, it's easy to see why Pierson-El could factor in as a kick/punt return in year one. When the Virginia native gets the ball in his hands, he instantly becomes a home run threat.
"I definitely think my vision is probably better than some of the other incoming freshman coming in," said Pierson-El when asked what separates himself as a returner. "I think everyone has speed, usually everyone is pretty close, but vision is something that I think stands out for me."
Pierson-El reports his measurables currently at 5-foot-9, 175-pounds. The graduate has been working out for the last five to six months in preparation of heading to the next level.
I have been just working out, conditioning, and reading the playbook," said Pierson-El. "I call the coaches anytime I have a question about it. I have been also catching the ball and fielding punts. Really I have just been doing a little bit of everything.
"The playbook has probably been something I have spent the most time on and getting in and out of routes. I feel those were places I needed work."
The crop of talent has been strong in Virginia the past two seasons and it appears the Huskers have spent more time on the East Coast as the Big Ten tries to establish itself in multiple markets.
"Everywhere I go people come up to me and talk to me about Nebraska. I do feel like there is a bigger presence in the East Coast," said Pierson-El. "People know they breathe football there and the tradition they have. I have learned so much about [Ndamukong] Suh and [Prince] Amukamara. I have also talked to Mo Seisay (former Virginia prep) a lot about what Nebraska is all about."