Potential: Ravian Pierce is a player where we need to talk about "potential", particularly on offense where he does not get a ton of opportunity in Plantation's run first attack. What is easy to see are his athletic tools: good size, he can really run, and he is a natural athlete. One thing he has learned how to do is block where he fights until the whistle and creates running lanes.
Pierce is playing more on defense as a senior and he is intriguing as a potential Outside Linebacker or even Defensive End. He made his presence felt on this side of the ball Friday night with some plays in the backfield.
Concerns: We simply do not know how effective he can be as a pass catcher as he has never done it consistently. When given the opportunity he has flashed big play potential and the ability to hurt a defense. Pierce is also lean right now to be a college Tight End, he will need to get stronger and add 30 plus pounds.
Defensively the tools are obvious, but he is also going to be on the raw side there.
Overall: Big bodied athletes that can run are always in demand and Pierce is certainly one of those. Regardless of what position he ends up at, there is potential here to be a starter at the BCS level and perhaps much more. Pierce was close to committing during the summer, but chose to wait it out a little while longer. If there is a player from Florida we can compare him to it would be former Plant and Georgia star Orson Charles. They are eerily similar size wise and athletically, the main difference is that Charles was a primary target in a passing attack with outstanding QB play.
Pierce had a 45 yard kickoff return Friday night which really displayed all his athletic attributes, in particular excellent feet. If given some time to develop, Pierce could develop into one of the top Tight End's in country.