And there's no mistaking Pierson's value to the Falcons on both sides of the ball. On a team loaded with Division I recruits, he's the only one on the lines, which lacked size and consistency last season. To help in both of those areas, Millwood needs Pierson on the field.
“Davion did a good job last year, even at 320. He didn't come off the field very much. He would look over at us sometimes, and we'd just pretend we didn't see him,” Cox said with a smile.
“He's one of the key pieces to the machine. If we want to succeed, Davion can't come off the football field.”
Super 30 No. 11
Name: Davion Pierson
Weight: 295 pounds
Position: Defensive tackle
Offers: Kansas State, Tulsa
Did you know?: Though his future seems more promising on defense, Pierson could end up being an offensive guard in college. Some programs, such as Missouri, are recruiting him to potentially play either side of the ball. “Some coaches like his footwork on offense,” Millwood assistant coach Kevin Cox said. “They want big, nasty offensive linemen with that defensive mentality, and that's what Davion is.”