Spend enough time around a team either as a participant or observer, and you'll almost certainly hear the term 'brotherhood' to describe the bond between each member of the group. And the portrayal is apt even when there is no true blood shared amongst any of the team.
However, in the case of Michael Pierre
and Ronald Pierre
, brotherhood is a reality. The pair has journeyed across a continent to play football together, and they may continue the trek to the next level.
The Pierre's hail from Orlando, Fla. Older sibling Ronald had college football opportunities out of high school, but grade issues kept him from accepting offers of scholarships from Florida Atlantic and Richmond.
"I wasn't sure what I was going to do after I couldn't go to college out of high school," Ronald told Inside Sparta
. "The coach (Nick) Mitchell gave me the opportunity to come out west and I took it. I love it out here and I'm having so much fun."
Michael, a year younger, followed his big brother the next season.
The younger Pierre, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back who has been compared to Adrian Peterson, who now plays in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, recently took his first visit.
"I went up to Cal
last weekend," he said. "They offered me, which is really great."
The brothers will be taking official visits to San Jose State
the weekend of Dec. 3.
"I like San Jose State because they offer immediate playing time," Michael said. "It would be nice to go to Cal and they're my favorite right now, but they already have a lot of running backs."
Ronald said he hasn't heard anything from the Bears, and is talking with Nevada
, San Diego State
, and Eastern Michigan have recently begun showing interest.
"I don't have any offers yet," Ronald said. "If San Jose State offers me when we visit, and they're the only one, I'll commit right there. I graduate on Dec. 14 so I want to start right away."
And Ronald's academic troubles appear to be cleared up.
"My grades are all in order now," he added.
San Jose State assistant coach Kirk Doll is recruiting both players, according to Ronald.
Ronald, at 6-foot-2, 215-pounds projects to be a linebacker at the next level. He said he ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard-dash and added that he'd like to bulk up to around 230 pounds. On the season he has over 40 tackles with 2.5 sacks and a pair of blocked punts.
Michael said he will graduate in the spring and start at a four-year institution in the summer. He lists a 4.5 time in the 40, and reports a season so far with 80 carries for 430-yards, an average of almost 5.4 yards-per-carry.
Along with SJSU and Cal, Michael said he is getting looks from Utah
and Eastern Kentucky, but neither may be getting a look back come December.
"I'm told San Jose that I'll come if my brother comes," Michael said. "If we both have offers I'll commit on the spot."
And right now, San Jose State is the only school recruiting both players.
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It is often heard in football circles that teammates want to stay together when they jump to the next level. While it's always a nice idea, it rarely happens when Signing Day rolls around. However, when those teammates share the same last name, the desire to stick together goes deeper. Such may be the case for this SoCal duo, who will be making official visits to SJSU together.