Alexandria (Va.) West Potomac 2014 athlete Demornay Pierson-El landed his first offer last month. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder is seeing his interest perk from a number of other schools across the region.
"Old Dominion has offered him," West Potomac head coach Jeremiah Davis said. "That's the only offer as it stands right now. There aren't very many prospects in NOVA, so he's just getting out there."
The offer came in the first week of December.
"He was really excited," Davis said. "He was tremendously excited and he got a chance to watch them in the FCS playoffs. He saw that a guy like him could fit in great in that system, working in the backfield or the slot. However, he's excited to see what happens and what bigger names come in too."
"He's high on Duke's list now," Davis said of Pierson-El. "All the schools are surprised when they see his tape.
"He plans on making the camp circuit this summer and a couple junior days. I know he's mentioned Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pittsburgh for possible junior days. We'll let him see and smell them."
On the field, Davis believes he's got a true versatile threat as Pierson-El rushed for 1,800 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior this past year. He earned player of the year in the district, second team all-region and first team defense honors.
"He's a really special player for us," Davis said. "We had to switch some things since Caleb Henderson went to Lake Braddock. It was a smooth transition from wide receiver to running back for him.
"The thing with him, anytime he touches the ball he is a threat to score. He had six touchdowns and five touchdowns in games this year. He can go the distance. He's also a good player on defense. He can tackle. He's not afraid to come up and make a tackle. He's not the biggest guy on the field, but he gets the guy to the ground."
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