Pierce looking to make a name for himself

A big athletic receiver is a luxury that many four-year schools are looking for in their offense and one that has been making a name for himself this offseason is Blinn WR Lloyd Pierce (6-5, 195). He had an excellent combine in Mississippi and after a solid string of spring practices he's the projected starter for head coach Brad Franchione's squad as they head into fall camp.

"Yeah it's been pretty busy the past couple of months," Pierce told JCFootball.com recently. "I've kind of been all over the place, but I'm happy I'm here."

It's been a circuitous route for Pierce to say the least.

After he was lightly recruited out of Arp High School in Arp, Texas he ended up heading to Tabor College, an NAIA school in Kansas, where ran track and played basketball as well as football, but the reason he ended up at a small school wasn't because he didn't have D-1 talent.

"I had a great junior year, but when I was jogging to school one day for a workout I passed out," Pierce recalled. "It was like 120 degrees out that day and I was just dehydrated, but they were worried it was my heart so they held me out for most of the season so that they could make sure I didn't have anything wrong medically.

"When I came back I only had two games, but I made the most of them. I had eight or nine touchdowns and I made unanimous all-district off of those two games."

After a year at Tabor, he headed to Scottsdale Community College where he was a part-time student last year. Then he called up Franchione to see if the NJCAA National Champs needed a wideout to come in and play.

"He told me come down and see where I fit in," Pierce said. "He liked my film and said he thought I could do well there. When I showed up in the spring I had a good camp and they said I'm going to get a lot of time this fall."

Pierce had an excellent combine in Mississippi as well and made the All-Combine team posting a 4.48 forty time, a 4.37 shuttle time and a 38.5-inch vertical jump.

"I thought I did pretty well there, but I can run faster than the time they had me at," Pierce said confidently. "It was fun though, getting back into things again. I love to play football and I'm looking forward to this fall and Blinn has a really great program and they're really successful at getting guys moved on."

On the recruiting front, because he missed the 2006 season and transferred this spring, not many schools know that much about him, but he's hoping to change that this fall.

"All the schools that came out to the spring practices said they liked what they saw from me, but they haven't been contacting me yet," Pierce said. "I need to sit down with my coaches and go over stuff and get my highlight tape put together and then they said I should start to have things heat up."

Pierce expects to graduate in December and will have two years to play two wherever he ends up. We'll have more from the playmaking wide receiver as the season gets underway.

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