Regardless of where he ends up playing college football in the future, Pierce Quick will have a special connection to Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates.
The 2019 offensive tackle from Hewitt-Trussville High in Trussville, Ala., got his first scholarship offer from Jacksonville State last June shortly after the conclusion of his freshman year.
Bates, then the defensive line coach at Jacksonville State, gave the offer.
“Me and coach Bates definitely have a good relationship, and I’ll always like him for giving me an offer when nobody else did when I was only 15 years old,” Quick told The Clemson Insider. “That definitely meant a lot, and we’ve kept in connection. Then when I saw he went to Clemson, the next day he called my coach. So, I really like coach Bates.”
In the short amount of time since Bates was hired as Clemson’s new D-line coach in January, Quick has heard from him quite a bit.
Bates invited Quick to Clemson’s Junior Day next weekend on March 4, and he will make the trip.
“He’s been calling a lot lately, and he said he’s ready for me to get on campus,” Quick said of Bates. “He says I’m going to love it there and he just can’t wait to see me.”
Quick, who will be accompanied by his dad and head coach, is excited about one part of the visit in particular.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the facility,” he said. “I’ve heard tons of good things about it, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it. And I’m obviously looking forward to riding the slide.”
Five months after his first offer from Bates, Quick picked up an offer from UAB last November.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder has seen his recruitment pick up since the calendar turned to 2017. Memphis, Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama have all offered this month, with the dream offer from Alabama coming today during his Junior Day visit there.
He said Clemson and a couple of other schools are expressing interest right now, too.
“Notre Dame, they’re showing a little bit of interest, Clemson and Vanderbilt,” he said.
Quick feels he can bring athleticism and aggressiveness from his offensive line position.
“I’m pretty athletic for an offensive lineman, so I’ll bring that to the table,” he said. “I’m very aggressive, and I play until the whistle blows every single play.”
Alabama native Dabo Swinney and the championship-winning culture he has created stands out to Quick when it comes to Clemson.
“Coach Dabo, he’s from Pelham, Alabama. That’s right around the corner from me,” Quick said. “And I like the mentality. They’re a winning program, and I like that.”
Quick also visited Memphis and Auburn last Saturday and Sunday, respectively. He’s going to Vanderbilt soon and hopes to get to Tennessee and Ole Miss soon, as well.