When Nick Saban and Alabama lose a big-time recruit it always makes news, and that’s exactly what happened Thursday when Class of 2018 four-star running back Dameon Pierce decommitted from the Crimson Tide.
Pierce broke the news on Twitter.
He had been committed to Alabama since last July. But now he has had a change of heart and will think things over.
It’s safe to say you don’t have to shed a tear for Saban and the Tide. They will be fine and Saban will no doubt restock the recruiting class with another blue-chip running back.
Not to mention, the Tide just added five-star running back Najee Harris to their roster. So this is no huge setback for Saban.
However, what will be Saban’s loss could be his former assistant’s gain.
You see, with Pierce back on the board, he could make Georgia head coach Kirby Smart a real happy man soon, as most think Pierce — who is a Georgia native — will likely make Athens his future home.
Sure it’s premature, but if you connect the dots, Pierce to Georgia makes a lot of sense.
It seems his mother is pulling a lot of strings and she recently swayed him to reopen his commitment. She wanted Dameon to take as many visits as he can to make sure he was making the right decision.
When Pierce spoke with Jeff Sentell of Dawg Nation, he discussed the fluidity of his recruiting process. More from Dawg Nation:
“Due to a recent conversation with my Mom, I’m right now back at square one in my recruiting process. I didn’t take enough visits before I committed to Alabama. It stands out to me now that I need to take more visits and weigh my options. So that’s what I’m doing right now.”
Pierce, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back from Bainbridge, Ga., (Bainbridge High School) is rated as a four-star recruit according to 247 Sports. The site ranks Pierce as the No. 144 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the fifth-best running back in the country, as well as the 17th-best football player in Georgia.
Pierce is a stocky and well-built rusher. With a low center of gravity and an ability to elude and boil over defenders with ferocity, Pierce has a package of skills coaches ideally want in a running back. He is also an excellent pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Granted, Pierce is no shoo-in to head to Georgia, as Florida and Florida State are making a strong push to land his services too. Additional major programs like Auburn, Clemson, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Miami and others are making their pitches as well.
However, all roads should lead back to Georgia.
Smart and his staff are ramping up to make Pierce a major priority. Pierce visited Athens in April and was impressed with the school and the program.
More from Dawg Nation:
“I wouldn’t say (Georgia is) recruiting me very hard right now but they are saying they want me and they need me to be in their program. I stay in touch with them.”
While Pierce will do his due diligence in picking a school this time, this has all the makings of a local kid making good and staying home.
In any event, Pierce’s recruitment will be a unique one to watch this summer and fall — whether or not he becomes a Bulldog.