Published Saturday, June 15, 2013 AT 11:39 PM / Updated at 11:39 PM
Recruiting: Demornay Pierson-El adds to Big Red Weekend, commits to Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

When Demornay Pierson-El arrived Saturday for the Big Red Weekend, he chose not to initially hang out with fellow prospects in Nebraska’s game room.

Instead, he walked into the conference room and had a one-on-one meeting with NU coach Bo Pelini.

“He told me I could ask him anything,” Pierson-El said.

That meeting helped lead Pierson-El, a 5-foot-9, 172-pound three-star prospect from Alexandria (Va.) West Potomac High School to become NU’s ninth commit — and the seventh in eight days.

He had long been on NU’s radar as a running back/wide receiver, running for 1,658 yards and 26 touchdowns last year for West Potomac and catching ten passes for 127 yards. Pierson-El said Saturday night Nebraska envisions him in the slot, much like current Husker Jamal Turner, where he can “get the ball in space on short passes and sweeps and make plays in one-on-one situations.”

“It was just how comfortable I felt,” said Pierson-El, who officially committed to wide receivers coach Rich Fisher. “By the end of the night, all my questions were answered. I feel like Nebraska can make me the best me possible. Perfect fit.”

NU, in clear search for solutions at punt and kick returner, will give Pierson-El a chance at both, he said.

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