Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California
High School: Rancho Cucamonga High School
Christian Pierce is a physical and hard-hitting safety who is considered to be one of best the safties in the 2023 recruiting class. Pierce stands at a towering 6-foot-2 and weighs 190 pounds. He uses his combination of size and football intelligence to read and react to the plays that are developing in front of him and punish the ball carrier.
During his Senior season at Rancho Cucamonga High School, he had 65 tackles (3 sacks), 3 interceptions, 4 passes defended, and 1 fumble recovery. This strong season led to him having several offers from prominent programs in the nation including: USC, UCLA, Michigan, Utah, and Washington. With exceptional football skills and athletic ability, Christian is poised to make a huge impact during his Freshman campaign at USC.
His strong performance during USC's 2023 Spring Game has gotten the attention of the coaching staff around him, including Head Coach Lincoln Riley, who made sure to compliment him after the big performance. With early spectacular performances like this and his overwhelming physical ability, it is no wonder why Christian is already drawing comparisons to late great USC safety Taylor Mays.
Only time will tell if Christian can live up to those lofty comparisons, but he is doing an exceptional job so far and he looks to lead the Trojans on defense in their hopes of securing a Pac-12 titles and a national championship.
Christian Pierce And His Recruitment Journey
Christian had a large list of colleges vying for his commitment, but he ultimately decided to stay close to home and committed to the USC Trojans.
In doing so, he gave the Trojans the violent and physical safety they so desperately needed to secure their secondary as they move to the Big 10 conference in 2024. His combination of length, speed, and physicality are going to be crucial to stopping the high-powered offenses that will be coming USC's way in 2023 and beyond.