While making our rounds during one of the most recent visits to the Sunshine State for the nationwide Blue-Grey Jersey Presentation Tour, the powers that be unanimously decided a must-stop was Auburndale (FL) to recognize Artavis Pierce. Rightfully so.
After all, the 5-foot-11 and 190-pound running back is one of the country’s more well-known prospects at his particular position in the Class of 2016. Soon, in fact, Pierce will be heading to Oregon State after committing to the Beavers back in late May.
First things first, however, he will be in uniform for the South vs. North at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium. Given his track record in the spotlight, Pierce figures to shine on the big stage.
“When I got the call to play in the game, I was honored. NFL facility with NFL guys as my coaches, it’s a big thing for me and my family,” Pierce said. “I did what I had to do and I was picked to play over some other guys. I’m going out there to get loose.”
Before the showdown takes place, All-American Bowl bragging rights will be on the line between East vs. West on Dec. 20 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. Then, it’s time for the finale: Blue vs. Grey on Jan. 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ Everbank Field.
Not long ago, Pierce attended June’s Blue-Grey Super Combine in Daytona Beach (FL). It’s safe to say, after a well-rounded effort that included Offensive MVP honors, he opened up plenty of eyes on our staff, especially those of NFL veteran Ken Stills.
“He can go. A weapon like that, with what he can do in the running and passing game, we’ll put him to work,” said Stills, who will coach Pierce at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. “In terms of the future, his is bright. Playing on Saturday’s is next.”
Also worth mentioning, before his pledge to Oregon State, Pierce had double digit scholarship offers. Nevertheless, before life starts in the Pac-12 Conference, he will play his final game on the prep circuit in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.