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Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Casa Grande quarterback Nick Sherry committed to Colorado last week, but Sherry isn’t the only Empire signal-caller to have drawn recruiting interest.
Coaches from San Diego State, San Jose State, Nevada and Sacramento State, among other schools, visited Forestville this spring to see El Molino’s Mike Pierson, a strong-armed 6-foot-4, 220-pounder. Pierson, who attended the San Diego State camp this week, said the visits made his dream of playing Division I football seem more like a reality.
“I wasn’t expecting anything like that,” Pierson said of the visits, which included a meeting with San Jose State assistant and ex-49ers star Bryant Young. “It gave me the belief that I could. I’m definitely going to work for it.”
Pierson debuted as a quarterback as a freshman on El Molino’s JV team. As a junior last year, he completed 161 of 313 passes for 1,922 yards with 15 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
Those numbers don’t do justice to Pierson’s ability. He routinely ran for his life last season while leading the 2-8 Lions. I saw him play in El Molino’s 48-7 loss to Analy and was wowed by his athleticism, arm strength and poise as he spent the evening getting pressured and pummeled.
Looking back, I consider it perhaps the most impressive quarterback performance I saw last year, even if his stats that night were ugly. In the process of writing this blog, I checked his numbers from that game (13 of 33 for 90 yards with a touchdown and an interception) and did a double-take.
That was the most brilliant “bad” game I’ve had the pleasure of watching.

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