Cincinnati football added another player to their 2016 recruiting class with the addition of cornerback Davin Pierce from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.
The junior college recruit joins the 2016 class after originally committing to Cincinnati as a high school senior in 2014. Pierce instead ended up at Blinn College where he has played the past two seasons. This past season, Pierce was in on 13 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception over eight games for the Buccaneers. In his first season with Blinn College, Pierce had 26 tackles and five pass breakups.
Prior to his time with Blinn College, Pierce was considered a three-star wide receiver out of Orlando, Florida (Dr. Phillips) with a composite score of 81, according to 247Sports. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound recruit had received offers from the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, Tulane, Western Michigan and West Virginia.
This time around, Pierce isn't generating the same level of interest from other schools, but he still sports a composite score of 80, according to 247Sports. He is also considered the 24th best JUCO cornerback nationally and 22nd best overall JUCO player from the state of Florida.
Pierce is an intriguing addition to the 2016 class. JUCO players typically are more polished because, well, they are played more. A little polish to a secondary that needed it this past season certainly wouldn't hurt. While highlights from Blinn College don't appear readily available, below are highlights from his senior year of high school at Dr. Phillips. Pierce shows good fluidity in his hips and has the natural movement of a cornerback, especially at his size. He seems to play the ball well in the air and plays with aggression when he needs to attack a ball-carrier in space or at the line of scrimmage. Again, his size is a major asset.
Cincinnati clearly likes what Pierce brings to the table with them seeking another commitment from the Florida-native. This is a player who could fit in nicely, especially with Cincinnati's secondary struggles of this past season.