Last weekend, we heard that former North Carolina signee James Pierre was going to pay a visit to the Syracuse Orange. Today, we find out the three-star 2016 safety has signed with SU. Scout's Mike McAllister was first to report the news.
The Deerfield Beach, Fla. product has some size and a reputation as a solid coverage guy -- exactly what the Orange need in the secondary this year. Pierre was all set to attend UNC until last week, when he was denied admission due to having too many absences in the early part of his career. He's already set with the NCAA clearinghouse, so no concerns about him qualifying at Syracuse.
Nick Monroe was the man who sealed the deal for Pierre and Syracuse, apparently. As the player told McAllister:
"I loved him ever since he was at Bowling Green. That was one of my first offers. Coach Monroe has been watching since the first senior spring game. He knows what I'm capable of doing and how much effort and hard work I can apply for Syracuse... Now that he's the DB coach (at Syracuse), I'm loving it."
Pierre originally held an offer from Bowling Green, but beyond the Falcons, he had plenty of Power Five offers too. Tennessee, Louisville, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky, South Carolina and Mississippi State were all interested in his services during the initial recruiting process. Illinois had inquired after his release from North Carolina.
Pierre is the latest Florida addition for Monroe, who's showed off some impressive prowess in the Sunshine State since joining the Syracuse staff. He has seven so far, and the state will obviously be a priority for 2017 as well.
Syracuse now has five defensive backs coming in for 2016. Pierre joins Scoop Bradshaw, Devon Clarke, Evan Foster and Carl Jones as incoming members of the secondary -- a welcome sight considering last year's struggles.
Tape on Pierre below. Welcome to Syracuse, James!