Pierce sticks with Gators commitment

Published 2:28 pm Friday, December 22, 2017

Dameon Pierce signed his letter of intent to play football at Florida on Wednesday.

The multiple records-setting Bainbridge running back stuck to his commitment with the Gators even after head coach Dan Mullen was hired earlier this month. According to Pierce, it’s Florida’s running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider that kept him put.

“That has a lot to do with my running back coach,” Pierce said. “As long as he is there, I’m there.”

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Pierce started all four years at Bainbridge, totaling 6,779 rushing and finishing 9th overall in Georgia high school football history. He scored 92 touchdowns in his career.

Pierce helped lead Bainbridge to a 13-0 record, the longest win streak in school history, and the state semifinals in 2015 after back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the quarterfinals game against St. Pius X.

“It feels great,” Pierce said about signing. “I’m just ready to get to Gainesville and work with these guys that come in this class with me. Really just ready to get started.”

Pierce, a 4-star recruit, is ranked 199th nationally, 24th in Georgia and is the 10th running back in the 2018 class. He is the top running back out of Georgia this year.

“I am tremendously proud,” Pierce’s mother said. “He earned everything he got. The relationship we had with coach. He made me feel like I could leave my son there. I had the good feeling he would take care of Dameon.”

Bainbridge coach Jeff Littleton said he was glad Pierce would have the opportunity to continue his academic and athletic career at the next level.

“I’m just really excited that he has accomplished what he has accomplished and for him to get the opportunity to get a great education and continue his football career,” Littleton said. “I’m excited for the next challenge in his life.”