In the last 24 hours, Pitt has extended offers to quarterbacks in two different recruiting classes. The first one went to New Jersey Class of 2022 3-star quarterback Marco Lainez. The other one went to a sophomore across the country from New Jersey, Class of 2023 California quarterback Pierce Clarkson.
Clarkson (6-0, 205 pounds) is a dual threat quarterback from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower. California. Pitt joins Arizona, Arkansas, Florida State, Indiana, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue and Wake Forest as the Power Five programs that have officially offered Clarkson.
A handful of these teams have offered Clarkson following a tremendous performance he had at a recent Pylon 7-on-7 tournament in Arizona. This rising prospect will no doubt receive more attention because his St. John Bosco team will open their 2020-21 season on March 13 when they take on Chatsworth Sierra Canyon.
Clarkson received the offer from Brennan Marion Wednesday evening and Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with him earlier this morning to get his thoughts on Pitt and where his recruitment is headed.
“I received the news after practice,” Clarkson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I hopped on a three-way call, my coach was talking to him and he can’t personally call me yet. We talked for a little bit and he’s a real cool guy, a funny guy, he has some jokes on him. He asked some simple questions, trying to get to know me better and then gave me a background on Pitt and what they’re about. We talked about where they’re located, how they’re affiliated with the Pittsburgh Steelers, how they’re connected and play in the same stadium as each other. After that, Coach Marion told me that he’s really interested in me and then he extended the offer. It was an exciting moment because it’s always a reminder that hard work pays off, so I’m grateful for it and all my offers and feel very blessed to be in this position.
— Pierce Clarkson (@_pierceclarkson) January 18, 2021
“Coach liked the fact that I’m a dual-threat guy. Coaches have mentioned to my high school coach that they really like me as a person aside from just a player. I’m looked at as being very mature and that’s something that sticks out to many programs aside from what I can do on the field.”
Clarkson credits his parents for his demeanor and development as a person. His father, Anton, is a former NCAA, NFL and CFL quarterback and is currently a highly reputable personal quarterback coach.
It’s also going to help him to have someone close to him that’s been through the recruiting process because Clarkson’s recruitment is trending upward and he’ll no doubt have many schools to choose from.
“This whole recruiting process is starting to pick up and becoming fun,” said Clarkson. “I’m really going to try and enjoy this because I’m only going to have the opportunity to do this once in my life so I can’t take anything back. I don’t want to look back in life and say I wish I would’ve done something different with these relationships or I wish I would’ve spend more time talking to this coach. I’m just going to trying and soak this all in and build each individual relationship and take my time and really look at every school.”
This also means that despite the distance from California to Pittsburgh won’t be a factor in the decision that he eventually makes.
“Distance wouldn’t be an issue,” Clarkson said. “I’d go to Germany if they gave me a great chance to play football. Seriously, distance won’t be a factor whether it’s Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, wherever. If I get the chance to play football and it’s a school that best fits me, then I’ll definitely look into it.”