"Beau had sent us a tape before your combine but if we didn't see him at the combine we wouldn't have gone after him for another six months," said San Jose State coach Kyle O'Quinn. He added that Pierce will come in and compete for the number two spot behind returner, Marcus Arroyo.
The Spartans found themselves in a tough spot when their only quarterback recruit, Orlando Evans, decided to attend CCSF in 2001. Evans signed with Oregon out of high school then had a great season at Solano in 2000.
With Evans out and no walk-ons coming in the staff took measures to get some immediate depth.
"Marcus (Arroyo) started as a freshman, redshirted his sophomore year and then played last season. He will be a junior. And we have a senior in Clint Carlson. Another guy is no longer with the program. Then we were counting on Evans but he decided to attend CCSF," said O'Quinn.
"Hopefully, Beau will redshirt but he may not. He reports on August 5 and we'll practice him as if he may play."
The Spartan staff had seen tape of Beau but it was the JCFootball.com SoCal combine in May that opened eyes. Pierce measured 6-4 1/2, 208 pounds and posted a 4.8 forty. He also had a fantastic 4.15 shuttle.
"Number one, we loved his arm strength. Number two, he tested well all around at your combine. He's a big athletic guy who runs well enough," said O'Quinn. They also liked Pierce's competitiveness and the fact that he won't turn 19 until this fall.
It's the hope of both Pierce and the SJSU staff that they can use a redshirt year in 2001. Pierce, who has four to play three, may not get that luxury though. Depending on how the chips fall this young man could see playing time on September 1 against USC or the following week at Colorado.
Beau has already visited the campus and took only 24 hours to commit after the visit. The rest of the Pierce family is visiting soon and a letter of intent could be signed soon after.
He wanted to stay close to home and play division one football. Pierce appears to be well on his way to fulfilling his goals.