Big Measurables, Big Offer

Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) cornerback Davin Pierce recently received an offer from West Virginia, and came away "surprised" to hear the news. So where do the Mountaineers stand in his recruitment?

Little did Davin Pierce know when his high school coach told him West Virginia wanted to speak with him that he'd be the recipient of a scholarship offer from the Mountaineers. That is, however, exactly what happened.

"My coach let me know that Coach (Joe) DeForest wanted to speak with me," Pierce said about learning he'd received an offer from WVU. "That was really my first time speaking with anyone from West Virginia. It was a big surprise. I'm happy for it. It shows me that my hard work is paying off and I need to stay focused and finish school."

While his conversation with DeForest was brief, he was able to take away a sense of being wanted by the Mountaineers.

"He's a really nice guy," Pierce said. "He was telling me how important I would be to the defense because they're looking for speed -- and I have that."

Given his exceptional size for a cornerback, (6-2, 175 lbs.), it's easy to see why any college coach would feel Pierce is important to its recruiting class. That's something Pierce believes works in his favor.

"I think my size is a huge advantage because wide receivers are getting taller," he said. "So I feel like if I can match up with a wide receiver, and the way I can move my hips at my size, then it's huge for me. Most corners are smaller, so it's a plus for me."

Pierce considers West Virginia a "huge" offer. So what exactly about the Mountaineers that is so attractive?

"West Virginia produces a lot of great athletes - like (former Mountaineers) Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey," Pierce said. "I feel like being a part of a tradition of that caliber is special, very special. They are a powerhouse school and I wouldn't mind joining the tradition. I can't wait to make my visit so I can learn more about the program."

Even though Pierce hasn't yet had the opportunity to plan a visit date yet, he's certainly making it a priority for this summer.

"I haven't been able to give it too much thought yet but I'm going to make sure I get it handled," he said. "I'm going to see what's going on this summer to see if there is a camp I can attend."

In addition to his newest offer from West Virginia, Pierce also claims an offer from Louisville.

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