The recruitment of West Potomac junior running back Demornay Pierson-El could intensify now that Nebraska has offered in recent days. That invitation could turn a rather methodical process into something more frenzied and wide scale.
“It was a shock to me,” Pierson-El said Tuesday night of the Cornhuskers joining Boston College, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Marshall as schools to extend scholarship offers. “They had talked to me and sent me mail, but I didn’t think they were close to offering me.”
“Like I told him, once word gets out that Nebraska is sniffing around, then the rest of the Big Ten will start coming and the rest of the Midwest,” said West Potomac Coach Jeremiah Davis, who played at Penn State. “His stock is rising right now.”
Pierson-El, the reigning Virginia AAA Patriot District offensive player of the year, visited North Carolina over spring break. His planned visit to Boston College got pre-empted by the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. He hopes to visit ODU in May and he wants to schedule a trip to Nebraska.
With several other area standouts having already committed, Pierson-El said he does not feel pressure to do likewise, particularly with the fresh offer from Nebraska, whose coaches envision the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder as a slot receiver and return man.
“I don’t feel like I have to commit to somebody,” said Pierson-El, who also was a first-team all-district choice at returner and defensive back. “Those guys’ recruitment started way before mine, so they’ve been to schools they want to go to and they chose theirs and they were comfortable with their choice. Mine is just starting to pick up.”
“He’s definitely called me about UNC just about every other day or every other two,” said Pierson-El, a prospective physical therapy major. “He calls and leaves me messages. We’ve talked about going to the same college for years, but to actually have that chance, it’s real funny. But he understands I still want to see other schools and not just commit to a school because he committed to a school. He just wants the best for me.”
A lesser-known West Potomac player also is starting to gain attention. Junior outside linebacker-tight end Mychael Gyamfi, who missed most of last season with a broken collarbone, has caught the eye of several Football Championship Subdivision schools, Davis said.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 38
Consecutive outs recorded without allowing a hit in the two most recent pitching outings of Paul VI Catholic senior left-hander Braedon Lawson. He threw a six-inning no-hitter against Ireton and in his next appearance no-hit O’Connell for 6 and 2/3 innings.
PHOTOS FROM LAST NIGHT
— South River senior Alex Watson, drawing on some personal inspiration, collected five goals and an assist to lead her sixth-ranked team to a 16-13 girls’ lacrosse win over No. 9 Severna Park.
— Potomac Falls senior left-hander James Pearson set the bar pretty high for himself by pitching a five-inning perfect game recently. He was not quite as sharp Tuesday but still hurled the Panthers to a 10-2 home win over Loudoun Valley.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Warhawks Coach Mark “Pudge” Gjormand is aiming for his 300th career win at the Vienna school. He had to wait at least an extra day; the game was rained out Tuesday. Madison has won the last eight games in the series.