Curtis Running Back Looking for First Offer

Running back Torrey Pierce of John Curtis Christian averaged more than 10 yards per carry in 2009 and he doesn't expect to slow down this year. Read further to find out which schools, including SMU, are showing interest in Pierce.

Running back Torrey Pierce of John Curtis Christian was the primary ball carrier last year in the Patriots' veer offense, averaging over 10 yards per carry, and the senior is looking for his first scholarship offer.

"I'm getting the most interest from Northern Illinois," said Pierce (5-foot-8, 170, 4.46), "followed by SMU and then Illinois. I'm also hearing from Tulane, Troy, and Southern Miss.

"Northern Illinois' coaches say that they prefer smaller backs like myself, because they like to put their running backs in motion and use them out of the backfield as receivers. I haven't really done my research on SMU yet, but I've heard good things about them. I've been told that they have a nice campus and a good program in the field that I want to study, which is Kinesiology."

SMU has offered Pierce's teammate, linebacker Seth Jones, and the Mustangs have shown interest in Curtis receiver Josh Hanberry.

"Seth is a big, strong, fast player," said Pierce. "He's quick and intense. Everything he does, he does it full speed.

"Josh is one of the best wide receivers in high school football. Last year, he beat Newman's Ronnie Vinson (LSU signee) and Odell Beckham for a touchdown after they bit on a play-action fake in our game (won by Curtis, 34-7)."

Pierce has made his share of big plays, including an 80-yard scoring jaunt on the first play from scrimmage in the state championship game versus Evangel Christian.

"On that play, I saw their two linebackers walking over to the weak side and once I hit the hole, I just had to get past the free safety," said Pierce, who rushed for 1,364 yards on 131 carries (10.41 yards per carry) with 14 TDs last year.

Pierce is also a member of Curtis' state championship track team, running a leg on the 4 X 100 relay team. The Patriots experimented with Pierce at cornerback during the spring and he could see action on both sides of the football this fall.

"They wanted to see how good I'd be at corner," he said, "because we lost Jonathan McKnight (Arizona signee). I'll still be at running back though. We have a good offensive line, which will help if teams try to stack the box against us.

"We have a good center, Jordan Foley, and a good left guard, Justin Toups, and we also have a couple of big tight ends in Dillon Gordon (6-5, 250) and Torrey Bell (6-5, 225). I just take the ball and run where Coach J.T. (Curtis) tells me to go -- and use my God-given ability."


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