Alabama has snatched up the nation’s No. 7 running back who happens to play at the same high school that Kirby Smart attended.
Dameon Pierce, a 2018 4-star prospect from Bainbridge (Ga.) High School, has committed to Alabama. Pierce becomes the Crimson Tide’s second commitment in the Class of 2018.
“Nick Saban told me that he’s glad to have me and Alabama is a hard-working program,” Pierce told SEC Country. “He said I am going to be a great fit and asset for his program.”
Pierce said Georgia was his No. 2 school, but ultimately Alabama beat out the Bulldogs because of the school’s tradition.
“Alabama speaks for itself,” Pierce said. “They have a great running backs coach in (Burton) Burns. They are on a level with how I want to do it and how I want to be the best. I want to be great back and Coach Burns can get me there. He’s an excellent coach and I think I fit well in their program.”
The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder has already scored 45 career touchdowns and has either set or tied 14 school records, including five all-time records.
Last season at Bainbridge, Pierce ran for 2,060 yards, averaged 6.7 yards per carry and scored 34 touchdowns. He was clocked at 11.2 in the 100-meter dash this spring and has mid 4.5 40-yard dash speed.
Pierce told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell earlier this spring the reason why he plays the game of football.
“Just to make everybody proud of me,” Pierce said. “They are going to be proud down here no matter what but I feel if I take the extra step in life and try to succeed in college I can establish a future and a foundation for the young kids in my community. That will be something great to be remembered for. Helping people. Helping my community.”
Being a role model is important to Pierce. He does everything he can to make sure he speaks with every young kid that wants advice.
“It means a lot for me to speak them,” Pierce said. “I have to set a good example for them. It means that I have a chance to help change someone’s life.”
Alabama already has two running back commitments in the Class of 2017 in 5-star Najee Harris and 4-star Brian Robinson. Is Pierce going to be concerned about what the depth chart is going to look like?
“I’m not concerned about that at all because when I get there, it’s all about competition,” Pierce said. “I’m going to have to fight for a spot, but I think it’s going to be great to compete alongside those two great backs. It’s going to be great to have those two guys as my teammates.”
Pierce is rated as the state of Georgia’s No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2018.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.