We previously reported that Skip Holtz and staff landed another piece of the puzzle when Michael Pierre, a JUCO back that played at Golden West College in California , committed to USF after taking an official visit to Tampa . Now the 5'11, 210 pound running back that prepped at Agape Christian in Orlando talks about the visit and his commitment top the Bulls
"The visit went great, it really did. I loved everything about it, and committed," said Pierre . "I got a great feeling being around the players and the coaching staff. I'm a Bull now!"
The Orlando native talked about how the commitment went down.
"When I sat down and talked with Coach Holtz, he said he was offering me a scholarship, and said he wants me to come in and make an make a big impact right away," said Pierre. "I said if you're offering me a scholarship, I'm going to take it. I want to be a Bull!"
"I was high on them coming in," said Pierre . "The visit just confirmed what I felt and was even better than I imagined. The campus, facilities, coaching staff, and players, were all great."
The Golden West running back talks about the factors that helped him choose USF.
"I loved everything about USF and the program, but what really intrigued me was the feeling and love I got from all the players," said Pierre . "I even felt that from guys that played my position. I hung out a lot with number 20, Marcus Shaw, and he showed me a lot of love and he plays the same position as me. I really appreciated that."
Pierre was hosted by receiver Sterling Griffin and was able to hang out and bond with a lot of the Bulls during his visit.
"I spent a lot of time with Sterling Griffin; he's a real cool guy and said a lot of great things about the program and the staff. I also hung out a lot with Mike Jeune, he's a linebacker that came from a JUCO," said Pierre . "Those two there are my boys, they're both real cool."
"I got to hang out with a lot of the players and they're all straight shooting guys and are all tight," said Pierre . "Friday night after we all ate, we went out to a club and had a real good time. On Saturday we went to the Bulls Club and we had a blast there. It was real fun and just hanging with all the guys was great."
Pierre said he got a great vibe being around the players and felt like he was already part of them.
"All the players are real cool. Close to one another and all said nothing but great things about USF and how the staff helps them," said Pierre . "I felt very comfortable around them, and they made me feel like family."
Pierre got in Friday got to see the campus, the facilities and where the Bulls played
"I loved the campus. It's tight," said Pierre . "Everything is real nice and new looking. It's big, but everything is right there in one spot and everything is easy to get to."
"The facilities were awesome. I loved the weight room and the strength coach Mike Golden. He's going to get me right," said Pierre. "I really liked the practice complex they got, and the fact that they have two grass fields and a artificial turf field too. That way you can practice for any condition. I also like how all the athletics were set up, everything is brand new looking and right there."
"They play in a great stadium, an NFL stadium that's first class all the way," said Pierre. "I also really like the uniforms. They're really tight looking and got great colors and different combinations."
The Bulls new RB commitment also enjoyed spending time with the coaching staff.
"The whole coaching staff is great. I really like how they interact with the players. All the coaches are tight," said Pierre . "It was great talking with Coach Fitch, the running back coach. He told me how they want guys to come in and make plays. He wants me to make an impact and that there's no time for error, and that he wants me to hi the ground running."
"Coach Holtz is just a great coach and a great guy," said Pierre . "He's just a cool guy to talk to and you can tell he really cares about the players and direction of the team."
Now that he made his decision, Pierre said he's done and excited to be a Bull.
"No I'm done. I'm signing with USF on Wednesday," said Pierre. "I feel great. I'm excited and happy to be a Bull. I got the Bullseye on me."
"I'm going to have a signing day at my hold high school Agape, said Pierre. "They're going to do something if you want to come out."
Pierre said he currently weighs in at 5-foot-11, and 211 pounds, and is going to keep working hard, so he's good to go this summer.
"I'm just going to keep working and training," said Pierre . "I'm going to concentrate on my speed and my agilities. Also my hands and keep my explosiveness up."
The Bulls newest commit said what fans can expect to see out of him the next few years.
"They can expect to see a hard worker, an explosive player, and someone to help them win a championship," said Pierre . "I want to help them win the Big East, and also get to a BCS bowl. Expect big things."