Sometimes, the Saints’ greatest recruiting tool is the geography.
At least, that was part of the case for Skyview High School’s Kyle Pierce of Nampa, Idaho.
Pierce is no stranger to beautiful country, coming from the Gem State. Helena conjured positive vibes for the incoming football recruit.
“I chose Carroll because I liked Helena when I visited, it's super pretty and it just felt like my kind of town,” he said.
Carroll’s reputation as a standout private college helped the Saints’ recruiting efforts as well, along with the football team’s tradition and family-like atmosphere.
“The history of Carroll football is so rich, and I'm excited to help them get back on track,” Pierce said. “And a big selling point for me was the football team seemed like a big family that cared about each other and that culture is important to feel like you belong -- and that fosters winning in my eyes.”
Pierce will join the receiving corps when he comes to Helena. He brings in a high school athletic resume that includes letters in three sports: football, basketball and track. Pierce, in two seasons of varsity play, “broke all the receiving records for game, season and career,” he said. He is a first team All-State selection in that same time period, too.
He’s book smart as well, bringing a 4.0 GPA to the Queen City.
“Saints fans should know I live and breathe football and want to be a coach someday,” he said.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver said recruitment became tiresome. Pierce received interest from D-I schools, but his size meant he could have an immediate impact and likely find better footing in the NAIA. Pierce said most schools that pursued him were out of state, leaving him as a secondary choice.
“But Carroll really showed up early and never quit bugging me, if you will, so that was huge in my decision. I felt like they really wanted me,” he said.
When it came decision time, Pierce chose Carroll over Rocky Mountain College and the prospect of walking on at Weber State.
While at Carroll he says he is leaning toward studying psychology.
“My goals at Carroll are to get a degree and be a part of something bigger than myself and do whatever I can to help the football team win a national championship."
Pierce will join the Saints this summer.