Kettle Run P/K Andrew Piercy (Hudl Photo)
Hampden-Sydney gets aggressive with early offers in Northern Virginia
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Hampden-Sydney College, located in southern Virginia has a relatively unknown reputation among high school football players for their ability to attract players to their school. An all boys liberal arts college that competes in Division III athletics, the Tigers have been playing since the early 1900’s, compiling 545 wins and 7 Division III tournament appearances with the most recent being in 2014. They have gone through a recent rough patch, coming off a 1-9 season in 2019. The Tigers still remain hopeful in their pursuit of high level prospects to take the field for them in the coming seasons. Two of those prospects include Kettle Run K/P Andrew Piercy and Loudoun County High School QB Gavin Pitts.
Before examining the players’ offers and what it means to both of them, it should be pointed out that Hampden-Sydney cannot give out athletic scholarships. They are restricted to academic scholarships. This means they’re looking for athletes who combine high level talent with good grades in the classroom.
Andrew Piercy is a rising senior at Kettle Run High School. He plays both punter and kicker for the Cougars. He is ecstatic to receive this kind of attention for Hampden-Sydney for not only their appreciation of his talent, but also his intelligence and high GPA. His GPA currently sits at 3.96.
Hampden-Sydney’s scholarship offer is a big deal to Andrew, who understands how rare it can be to get a scholarship as a kicker or punter. He says, “It means a lot because I have worked hard and it is starting to pay off. I am honored to have received an honor from such a great school and I look forward to learning more about the program.”
It is widely known how difficult it is for kickers and punters to get scholarships, and Andrew understands this, making him even more appreciative towards Hampden-Sydney. He explains, “It means a lot because it is harder to get offers as a kicker and I have been working hard for years. Now I finally have gotten my first offer.”
As much as he appreciates the recognition, he also understands that it would be impossible without the hard work he has put in to be the stellar student in the classroom. He understands just how prestigious a chance to go to Hampden-Sydney would be for him. The minimum GPA to get into HSC is 3.45. That makes it one of the higher requirements in the country.
On the topic of his academics, Andrew says, “Just like I work hard for football I work hard in the classroom as well. I currently have a 3.96 GPA and I will work to get it up because I am taking more AP classes this coming year. I believe my academics can and will be awarded by earning some academic scholarships.”
From the most overlooked position in football, to the most widely known position, quarterback Gavin Pitts has also been given recognition by the Tigers. He acknowledges the convenience of having such a great school so close him, as well.
“Hampden-Sydney has a top notch academic reputation and a football program with 70 years of history. It’s also very nice to have an offer from a school in my home state. Although HSC is about 3 hours away, it’s great to have interest from a Virginia school,” Gavin elaborates. Gavin also holds a respectable 3.4 GPA.
Gavin does have other offers to various schools across the country, but none of them have quite the academic reputation that Hampden-Sydney does, something that could set them apart from the rest when it comes time for Gavin to make a decision. He also makes sure to thank his recruiting coordinator from his high school, Coach Peterson, and thanks all the schools that have continued to give him scholarship opportunities during this COVID-19 outbreak.
The Hampden-Sydney Tigers have a reputation as one of the oldest, most prestigious college football programs in all of the Division III level. Their academic prowess and history accompanying the program sets them apart from any program, regardless of their recent history. Any player given the chance to play there would love to rebuild the program and bring it back to greatness, all while learning from some of the best professors in the nation.
– Marc Goldstein