Michael Pierre Re-Opens Recruitment

Running back Michael Pierre of Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., committed to New Mexico State in Dec. He recently told Inside Sparta he had re-opened his recruitment. On Wednesday he talked about his plans, along with a new favorite.

In early December, running back Michael Pierre visited San Jose State and came away impressed, but not enough to commit. The following weekend he visited New Mexico State, and the Aggies got his commitment. However, the Golden West College star didn't sign with NMSU when the junior college Signing Period opened on Dec. 21.

Shortly after the new year Inside Sparta received a text from Pierre stating that he had reconsidered his decision, and stated he was looking at two schools that had been involved in his recruitment.

"I just want to let you know I decommitted from New Mexico State," Pierre said. "I'm now looking at Nevada and San Jose State."

Inside Sparta caught up with Pierre on Wednesday to get more on his decision. Things have been moving, and a new favorite has emerged.

"South Florida has been in touch with me and if they offer I'm going to take it," he said. "They said they would tell me by the end of the week."

The final Signing Date for junior college transfers is Jan. 15, and Pierre has a backup plan if the Bulls don't come through with an offer.

"If they don't offer I'm going to Nevada," he said. "I'll have to walk-on since they haven't offered, but I think I have a better chance of playing earlier there and earning a scholarship later."

The San Jose State staff hasn't yet given up on Pierre. He added he spoke with SJSU on Tuesday night.

"I talked with coach Kirk Doll," he said. "He said they still want me to come to San Jose but that they want me to make the right decision for myself. I just don't see the opportunities there that are at the other two schools."

Pierre is originally from Orlando, Fla., and signing with South Florida would allow him to be much closer to home.

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