Varsity Preps

Markenzy Pierre “Under The Radar”

2017 running back Markenzy Pierre of Liberty High in Kissimmee, FL currently holds two offers, Memphis and Texas San Antonio (UTSA). He told Varsity Preps that he’s also hearing from North Carolina and Florida Atlantic.

The 6-foot, 210 pound standout spoke about his relationships with Memphis and UTSA.

“My relationship with Memphis is progressing. They have a great staff. Coach (Chris) Ball initially contacted me and referred to me by my nickname around school, “Debo.” I thought that was really cool. He told me he thinks I’m a true runner and they believe I can do big things at Memphis,” Pierre explained. “I plan to attend their junior day.

“I met Coach Everett Sands while he was still at South Carolina. He was very straight forward with me and I really appreciated that. Now he is at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He let me know that I was a strong downhill runner and that I can be an asset in their backfield.”

Last season, Pierre rushed for 1,677 yards on 184 carries (9.1 yards per carry) with 19 touchdowns, also adding 17 receptions for 325 yards and an additional four scores. He also saw action in the secondary, picking off two passes. This fall, Pierre will return kicks and punts, and will continue to see situational playing time on defense.

Pierre mentioned he’d like to hear more from the programs in the Sunshine State.

“I would like to hear from more schools in Florida because these are the teams I grew up watching and rooting for, so it would be nice to hear from a few more.”

The speedy back said he has summer visits lined up for UNC, Duke, South Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Clemson.

This offseason, Pierre keeps in shape by participating in basketball, weightlifting, and track. He’s also sharpened his football skills playing 7-on-7 for the Rat Pack.

“Playing 7-on-7 has helped my game in many ways. It’s taught me to run crisper routes, being able to read defenses and finding holes in coverage, and it’s improved my ability to make defenders miss in space.”

Pierre discussed with Varsity Preps how he’ll arrive at his college decision.

“My parents will be involved with the selection process, but they want me to go somewhere I will enjoy and love since it’s a decision I’ll have to live with for the next few years,” he said. “But the most important factor in choosing a program is the institution’s education, because someday, football will end and I need to make sure I equip myself to succeed without football.”

He says he plans to major in psychology.






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