Andrew Piercy Commits to William & Mary
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Kettle Run High School senior specialist Andrew Piercy has recently announced his commitment to William & Mary. Andrew handles both placekicking and punting duties for Kettle Run and was a sought-after specialist in the Northern Virginia area. He had offers from Hampden-Sydney College, Culver-Stockton College, Concordia University Chicago, Campbell, Averett University, Virginia Military Institute, and, of course, William & Mary. Andrew has been a very proactive player in his recruiting process, not being shy about posting highlights or clips of him working out.
— Andrew Piercy (@AndrewPiercy85) February 18, 2021
Andrew has been one of the best specialists in the area for a multitude of reasons. He has worked tirelessly to improve on the areas that are most important for kickers and punters in college. For kickers, it is about simple accuracy. In college, place kickers are tasked with hitting field goals from long distances and doing so with consistency.
He has seemingly tried to train for any possible conditions. He has posted videos of him kicking in the snow, cold weather, and rampant winds. All of these things are huge for kickers, as it will not always be 75 degrees and sunny during games, especially during this upcoming season where it will be very cold to start off. For punters, the collegiate game requires them to have elite hangtime and distance on their punts. In order to be deemed effective, they must be able to pin back their opponent deep in their own territory. Additionally, keeping the ball in the air to allow coverage units to converge on the returner is a key asset for a college specialist.
The William & Mary Tribe have had a few lackluster seasons recently, but are on the upswing as a program. Ever since bottoming out with a 2-9 record in 2017, the Tribe has improved their win totals every year since. They went 5-7 last season, and are looking like they are on the rise. There is optimism that the program will be back to where it previously was in the early 2010s, and Andrew wants to get in on the ground floor. He appreciates the work that the coaching staff as a whole has done.
By choosing to play for William & Mary, Andrew has committed to being a staple in their improving program. He wants to continue to improve personally, but he thinks that with the right coaching, he can reach new heights for himself and the Tribe program. Specialists never get the love they so desperately deserve, but for Andrew, this is a time of celebration, and appreciation for all the great things he does for his football team. He wants to use this as a stepping stone to new heights, and new avenues to explore.
– Marc Goldstein