It’s been his dream since he was five years old.
Class of 2019 offensive lineman Pierce Quick has always wanted to play college football at Alabama. Last Saturday, his dream came one step closer to being a reality, as he committed to the Crimson Tide.
Quick received his offer from Alabama on Feb. 27 at Junior Day. There, he experienced a feeling he had never felt before.
“Sitting in Coach Saban’s office, hearing the words that they were gonna offer me, I almost started tearing up,” Quick said. “That’s all that I’ve wanted my whole life was to play at Alabama, so to hear that I was going to get to do it was incredible.”
Quick, a native of Hewitt-Trussville, became Alabama’s second commit for the class of 2019. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle made his decision public on last Saturday via a release on SECCountry.com. Quick also had offers from top SEC schools such as Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee. He never budged when it came to picking Alabama.
“I knew when I got the opportunity that they were my top school,” Quick said. “I wanted to make sure I was making the right choice before I committed. Now I know that I made the right choice.”
Even before his commit became public, one Alabama coach knew Quick was going to choose the Crimson Tide.
“I actually told coach (Brent) Key on the Monday before that I was going to do it and that I wanted to meet with coach (Nick) Saban,” Quick said. “I didn’t tell coach Saban until that Saturday morning.”
Quick and Key have developed a bond since Key started recruiting him early on. Since then, Quick has grown close to Key and that was a big factor in his commitment.
“He’s been recruiting me since last summer,” Quick said. “He’s been my main recruiter. Me and him have a great relationship. We have a good enough relationship where I almost see him as my coach. We talk all of the time.”
Being nearly an hour from Tuscaloosa, Quick has been exposed to the Alabama program for a while now. He’s been on Alabama’s radar even when he was a freshman. He’s developed good relationships with current Alabama lineman Bradley Bozeman and Matt Womack.
Quick said his size and athleticism is what drew Alabama to recruit him. He thinks he has an edge over some of the other offensive lineman prospects.
“They like how long my arms are,” Quick said. “I’m a really long guy, and I’m pretty lean. To weigh as much as I do, I don’t really look it. I’m fairly athletic and I’m just mean on the field. I finish my blocks.”
Since he is now an Alabama commit, he believes his role has shifted a little bit. He wants to convince other top recruits to choose Alabama and experience the same feelings he did.
“Clay Webb is one of my main guys. I want him on my team,” Quick said. “He’s one of the best guards in the country. We’ve been good friends since Alabama junior day.
“I want to get some 2018 guys as well like (four-star) Coynis Miller and (three-star) Jalen Cunningham because we need some defensive lineman,” Quick said.
Heading into his junior season, Quick can now relax knowing he has a chance to play for the school he always wanted to play for. He said that makes his days easier.
“Waking up, knowing I’m committed to Alabama and am going to get to play at Alabama, it’s one of the greatest feelings ever, honestly,” Quick said.