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Daphne defender Pierce commits to Tulane

Michael PierceMichael PierceLike father, like son. Blood is thicker than water. Michael Pierce, Jr. will soon be tasting the water of New Orleans, rather than Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Tulane filled one more spot in its 2011 football class with a commitment from linebacker/defensive end Michael Pierce of Daphne High in Daphne, Alabama.

The 6'0, 250-pound Pierce chose Tulane over Western Kentucky. He had an offer from South Alabama and received attention from Arizona as well.

Woods was recruited by Tulane wide receivers coach Thomas Woods.

Woods helped lead the Trojans to the 6A state championship in Alabama, beating Hoover 7-6 for the title.

Michael's dad, Michael Pierce, Sr. played running back at Tulane, graduating in 1990. He played in the Senior Bowl.

The younger Pierce is pleased with his choice on all levels.

"I am familiar with Tulane. They offer a great education. I felt like their football and academic programs had a lot to offer. They lost a couple of close games last year. I feel with the recruiting class they are building is good. It's not too far from home and it feels like home. I think we can win very soon at Tulane," Pierce said.

Pierce says he will lose about 10 pounds before he arrives and he expects to play linebacker at Tulane. He played middle linebacker for Daphne.

"It came down to Tulane and Western Kentucky in the end. My dad was more concerned about the education and what it could offer. He always wanted me to go to Tulane since I was younger.

I wasn't even on their prospect list heading into my senior season. I wanted to go there and show them what I could do so I went to their summer camp this past summer. They started recruiting me after the camp," said Pierce.

Pierce plans on majoring in finance with a minor in marketing.

He is the 23rd commitment to Bob Toledo's 2011 class and will be the final player to commit, barring any defections. ESPN.go.com  and Scout.com report that prior Tulane commitment Matt Killian, a 6'6, 275-pound offensive lineman from Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, Missouiri has switched his verbal commitment from Tulane to Northern Illinois.

That would leave Tulane at 22 commitments, the number they had to offer, according to coach Bob Toledo and recruiting coordinator Doug Lichtenberger.