Pierson excelled as a kicker and punter for East Duplin in 2003, leading his team to the playoffs and winning numerous awards along the way. He'll bring his talents to Raleigh next season.
"Bradley's going to walk-on at N.C. State," Coach Aldridge informed StateFans. "He was invited to do that so it's something he's going to do."
Pierson was one of the top kickers at the Scotland County Shrine Bowl Combine last spring. He made 4 of 6 field goal attempts from 50+ yards and boomed a couple of 60+ yard punts as well. Bradley joins NC State signee Tyler Lewis to give the Wolfpack two of the top three senior kickers from the state of North Carolina.
Bradley's ex-teammate, Defensive End Greg Peterson, played this past season at Hinds Junior College after failing to qualify academically out of high school. Greg has been in contact with N.C. State, who actually placed him at Hinds.
"Well, he still has another year down there at Hinds, but I know he's been up at N.C. State and they've exchanged contact."
Peterson and teammate (N.C. State verbal) Chad Green were reportedly in Raleigh two weeks ago attending a few of NC State's spring practices while on spring break from Hinds. Coach Aldridge confirmed this for StateFans.
"Yes, Greg went up there for a couple of practices," he said.
Although he's obviously interested in the Wolfpack, Peterson's recruitment is far from over and he's generating interest from several schools, including another ACC program.
"I know at the end of the year last season Florida State was talking to him. It's still very early for him because he has another year left, but he has been in contact with N.C. State and Florida State."
How did Greg perform as a freshman at Hinds?
"From what I've heard he played real well," Coach Aldridge said. "He played a lot as a true freshman and finished with eight or nine sacks on the year."
Peterson will likely have to make an early college decision because according to his ex-high school coach, he's on track to enroll in January.
"From my understanding he's on track to graduate after football season this year, and then he can enroll where he's going to go."
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Defensive End Greg Peterson