Pierce Heading to SJSU
Allan Hancock QB Signs With the Spartans
Allan Hancock College freshman quarterback Beau Pierce (6-4, 215) has signed with San Jose State University and will join the Spartans for the coming fall season. The signing comes on the heels of Solano College freshman quarterback Orlando Evans' decision to decline his scholarship to SJSU and attend the City College of San Francisco for the coming season.
Although the Spartan coaching staff was already aware of Pierce, their first opportunity to evaluate and watch Pierce in action was at the JCFootball.com Southern California Combine on May 5th. Pierce had the strongest arm of the quarterbacks in attendance and displayed good poise on the field and in drills. Pierce ran a 4.84-forty and 4.15 shuttle, with a vertical jump of 30 inches.
Pierce was a freshman at Allan Hancock this past season after a strong senior season for head coach Lance Fauria at St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria (the same high school that produced Mark Brunell). His senior year was Pierce's first as a starter, so many universities did not become aware of Pierce until late in the season. Several universities showed some interest, including USC, but no scholarship offers followed. Allan Hancock College was very interested, however. Pierce spent some time on the AHC campus during the Spring of his senior year and showed his arm strength and accuracy to the coaching staff. It was apparent that Pierce had a lot of potential.
When the fall arrived, Pierce competed with fellow freshman Ryan Canfield, a bounce back from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, for the starting spot. In the Bulldogs first game of the season against Reedley, Pierce and Canfield split playing time. However, it was Canfield who won the starting nod for the next four games. Heading into game six against Bakersfield, the Bulldog offense needed a jump start, so head coach Barney Eames and offensive coordinator Kris Dutra decided to give Pierce the nod. Although the Bulldogs lost the game, 13-7, and Pierce threw several interceptions, he played well enough to hold down the starting job for the remainder of the regular season. In the Bulldogs' bowl game against College of the Canyons, both Pierce and Canfield saw action in the Bulldogs' victory.
Over the course of the regular season, Pierce completed 53 of 97 passes (55%) for 632 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Heading into 2001, both were competing for the starting spot. However, Pierce's departure leaves the door wide open for Canfield.
Congratulations to Beau! I had the pleasure of watching Beau during his senior season at St. Joe's when I was the A.D. there and as a freshman at Hancock as a coach at AHC. I have seen him work hard to achieve his goals and I hope that this next step works out well for him. Good luck!