Pierce takes in SMU...

With so much news about the 2010 recruiting class over the last couple of days, it's easy to forget that the 2011 recruiting class is in full swing as well. This junior cornerback checked out the Hilltop a couple weeks ago and liked what he saw. Who is it? What other schools and BCS conferences are showing him love? If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out.

The Mustangs resurgence is not just being noticed by 2010 SMU commitments, it goes farther and deeper than that. Most 2011 prospects are noticing the major turnaround as well.

Clear Creek cornerback Tad Pierce has noticed it. It's why Pierce visited SMU for the Tulane game two weeks ago.

"SMU is a great school, with a football program that is definitely building towards good things. I really like what I'm seeing out of them. The visit went really well," the junior stated to PonyStampede.com. "We were suppose to meet up, eat, and meet the coaches and players at noon, but we got there about one hour early. I got a feel for the campus."

A 5'11, 182 pound cornerback, Pierce recorded 50 tackles, four tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups, and three interceptions this pass season. He runs a self-reported 4.49, benches 265 pounds, and squat 370.

"I talked with Coach Suan while I was there, he recruits my area. He said he needs my highlight film, and he is coming to my school in a couple of weeks," said Pierce. I think this year I played good. I made some really big plays for my team, but I was not perfect. I always want to be the best and there are things I need to work on. That's whys there is an off-season, but I had a good year.

Currently the 2011 prospect is hearing from SMU, Missouri, Utah, Northwestern, Air Force, Tulane, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Baylor, and Rice.

"I also went to a Baylor game a couple weeks ago. Maryland invited me to every home game and Missouri as well. They were far away to visit when I was still playing, so I didn't go. I don't have any more visits planned for a while.

So what is Pierce looking for a in a school when the offers start to roll in?

"I'm looking for a school that has a great football program. Where they care about your education and has a nice campus. Just a good school I can get early playing time at," said Pierce. "I want to make my decision whenever I feel a school is right for me and my family. I would hope to make it before senior season. So I'm just worried about winning games and nothing else."

The cornerbck describes himself as fast, strong, and a player with confidence. But even with confidence on the field, Pierce is looking to take his game to another level next season.

'm going to work really, really hard this off season. I want to have a break out senior year and lead my team deep in the playoffs. My coaches are talking to me about probably playing running back as well," stated Pierce. "Our running backs are used as kinda like an all-purpose back. They get a lot of carries and receptions. They throw to them a lot. I played running back my freshmen and some of my sophomore year before I got hurt."

PonyStampede.com will check in with SMU prospect later in the summer.

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