Kettle Run P/K Andrew Piercy (Hudl Photo)
Andrew Piercy continues to wow college coaches
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Kettle Run High School in Prince William County kicker Andrew Piercy (6’2, 180 LBS) has continued to make a big impression on recruiters from schools near and far. When considering the offers he has received, any player would be grateful for some of the opportunities he has ahead of him. Then one factor in the fact that he is a kicker, and very rarely do kickers get scholarship offers. The offers have come from Hampden-Sydney College, Culver-Stockton College, Concordia University Chicago. Most recently, Andrew received a PWO (preferred walk-on) from Campbell University, the first official attention he has received from a Division I school.
When observing Andrew’s PWO, it is first important to understand what that is and what it entails. A preferred walk-on is someone who has a spot on the team saved for them. They do not get any money put towards their tuition, so they would be put into the same boat as any other student applying to the school. For example, if Andrew took the PWO, his family would pay for college expenses. He would have a direct path to playing time, but he would have to earn it ahead of scholarship athletes.
Ever since Andrew was a freshman, he knew he had a tremendous chance to play college football.
He recalls, “I made it a goal of mine to play college football once I started my freshman year, and now I’m being given the chance to live up to that goal.” He knows that not all offers are made equal, but he thinks they are all equal in the sense that they all give him a chance to play at the next level for a program that wants him to play for them. Andrew sees no downsides to any offers that he has received, saying, “They all give me the chance to play college football, and that is something I am eternally grateful for.”
Andrew definitely thinks that the PWO is a mere formality in most cases. “When a specialist is given a PWO, they are given the chance to earn the starting spot on the team. Once they earn the starting spot, they are usually given a full scholarship. That would be my biggest goal if I took a PWO,” he explains. He thinks that when evaluating offers, the amount of money should not be the main factor in whether a player should accept an offer or not. He thinks that players should look at the opportunity to make the most of the opportunity given at a certain school.
Andrew is a specialist for Kettle Run, handling both the punting and placekicking duties. He thinks that specialists deserve more love when it comes to shaping the outcome of games.
“Kickers are really overlooked as far as their impact. If a kicker is making the offense look good by making field goals, or a punter is consistently pinning the other team back deep, it makes it easier to win the game,” Andrew elaborates. There are countless famous examples of kickers shaping football history. The Minnesota Vikings will be the first ones to admit that having a kicker with nerves of steel can define a franchise. Similarly, the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI on a field goal by Adam Vinatieri in the final seconds. There are numerous examples of kickers winning or losing games for teams, but it seems that they only get attention when they are not doing their job correctly, like Cody Parkey of the Bears.
Andrew is redefining stereotypes for kickers not getting recruiting attention. He has gotten multiple offers, and also has other teams interested in adding his talent to their roster. He will have a big decision to make soon: to take a scholarship at a smaller school, or to walk on into the unknown at a bigger institution. The process is one that Andrew enjoys, allowing him to play the sport he loves and make a difference at the next level.
– Marc Goldstein