High School: West Potomac HS (VA)
The ultimate athlete, Pierson-El played quarterback for his high school team last season, throwing for 876 yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing for 1,007 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Pierson earned Class AAA all-state honors as a kick returner from the Virginia High School Coaches Association.
Pierson-El is a player that definitely fits in at a number of places on the football field for the Huskers. He might have been a guy who constantly had the ball in his hands during high school, but figures to play wide receiver at the D-1 level. He will also likely be crucial in the return game on special teams.
On offense, it will be hard for the Virginia native to crack the two-deep in the slot, with senior Jamal Turner and sophomore Jordan Westerkamp in the fold. But, don’t put it past offensive coordinator Tim Beck to use creative ways to get Pierson-El the ball in a situation where no one is expecting it. Wide receiver coach Rich Fisher has shown he’s willing to play quite a few guys.
BRR projection: Nebraska has to like the play-making ability and there should be a lot of thoughts about getting Pierson-El on the field immediately. The coaching staff ultimately leaves redshirting up to the player, but Pierson-El has been prepping this spring and summer like he will be contributing in 2014. We think he does.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
A three-star prospect, Pierson-El hit the Huskers’ Big Red Weekend in June of 2013, hoping to learn how they saw him in their offense. The electric athlete got the answer he was looking for – he left a verbal.