2023 Rancho Cucamonga DB recruit Christian Pierce signed on with the USC football program over the weekend, and it's incredibly obvious what USC DB's coach and Defensive Passing Game Coordinator Donte Williams is doing. Pierce is only a three-star (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports), but he gives SC exactly what they need.
Watch Pierce's Hudl film right here. He's incredibly physical in his tackling. He's a VIOLENT tackler. When is the last time any USC fans can recall a VIOLENT defense being run at SC? USC fans likely need to think back to the Pete Carroll era to find that.
Pierce's aggressive style of hitting signals that Donte and Alex Grinch are looking into finding players that can help try to change that culture. Also, don't let the three-star rating distract from the fact that he produces. He had 97 tackles this year to go along with nine interceptions and five pass break-ups.
He produces, and could absolutely take that leap up to the four-star threshold for his senior season. Rivals National Recruiting Director Adam Gorney said it best when it comes to that aforementioned physicality:
"For a guy that's not super physical looking can really pack a punch when he hits people," said Gorney. "He likes to go around and head hunt a little bit, be a playmaker and is an athletic kid who is not afraid to put his pads on somebody."
At 6'2", 180 pounds, new USC football Safety commit Christian Pierce brings good length to the Trojans.
Christian Pierce also solidifies a top 10 recruiting class to the USC football program. SC now has six commits and is in the top 10. Pierce and A'Marion Peterson are three-star recruits, Quinten Joyner is a four-star, and the other half of the class are five-stars.
Pierce is currently listed as the No. 40 player in California, but again, expect that number to improve. If it does, expect him to compete for playing time with the very young crop of safeties that SC has on the roster right now and will also have by the time he gets here.