Nastiness on the football field has a knack for separating the good from the great.
Pierce Quick knows this well, and unfortunately for them, those lining up across from him know even better. The 35th ranked player overall in the class of 2019 has created quite the career for himself so far, a career that is only getting started with the promise of much more to come.
Joining into the same company as the likes of D.J. Fluker, Barret Jones, Cam Robinson and so many others on that storied line, Quick will be heading to the University of Alabama to continue his career. The storied university will be welcoming the fourth-ranked offensive tackle in Alabama, and perhaps, more importantly, a player that lives and breathes Alabama football.
At 6’5 and 277 pounds, the Trussville native had no shortage of potential colleges recruiting him. Twenty-four schools in total are lobbying for Quick’s services. He understands just how big of a compliment that is.
“That was awesome, to know that 24 colleges around the country wanted me to come play for them, “ Quick said. “Stuff like that it is hard to even describe. I get chills just thinking about it.”
Despite the outpouring of support and recruitment from renowned programs like Auburn, Georgia, and Miami among others, there was really only place for the five-star prospect. Choosing Alabama was like choosing to go back home, a place he has felt connected to.
Growing up, Quick and his family made college football, specifically Alabama football, a household institution.
“Even as a kid, I said, that’s where I want to play,” Quick said. “So the day I got the opportunity, I knew I wanted to go there. I mean, it is just unreal to think as a kid because that’s who I would watch. Every Saturday my family would get together, cookout and watch Alabama football, that’s just what I grew up doing.”
Finally making the decision that seems like it had been years in the making, the Hewitt-Trussville High School athlete committed to Alabama on April 22. He recalls fondly sitting in Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban’s office when he received his offer, a memory he won’t soon forget.
The mere look of overwhelming emotion on his parent’s face was remarkable. His parents tried to remain unbiased throughout his recruitment, despite how many times they had to bite their lip when it came to their love of Alabama.
The illustrious Head Coach Saban made the decision for his parents even easier knowing their son would be in good hands. Saban is a coach that not only wins on the field but one that pushes his players to win off of it, in the classroom, and in life in general.
As much as Saban may love the man he is getting off the field, he will certainly love the tenacious lineman he will be seeing dressed in crimson and white every Saturday. On the field, Quick acknowledges he likes to play dirty, becoming an imposing prescience to his opponents.
“I like guys on the ground,” Quick said. “We have this thing on my team where every time you pancake somebody we do something called spreading the butter, you crawl over the guy and I just love stuff like that, a big slap on the face that I just put you on your back.”
Quick credits his nastiness to watching great lineman before him, specifically Alabama lineman. He mentioned players such as Chance Warmack, Cam Robinson among others as players he tries to emulate. If his game is able to resemble theirs, then he will be in good company as the duo has already established careers for themselves in the NFL including one Super Bowl ring between them.
Great Day at Southern Miss camp today pic.twitter.com/ZoeGZtTbMG
— Pierce Quick (@PierceQuick) July 23, 2016
Under Saban who Quick described as a “jokester and a cool guy,” a career in the NFL remains a very real possibility. He explained that if he has the opportunity to pursue this career, he would surely go for it.
Almost fully recovered from surgery to repair a torn labrum, Quick knows that he has high expectations for not only this upcoming season but for his future. While a future in the NFL may be years in the making, right now the offensive tackle is focusing on returning for his senior season to Hewitt-Trussville High School and helping them win a state title.
“This season I just want to prove where I am at and win a state championship hopes,” Quick said. “I would love to win a state championship in high school then go to Alabama and win a couple of national championships.”