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It’s hard to miss Gilman receiver Kolt Pearce as the athletic prospect leaned on his wide catch radius as he caught passes during the Quarterback Factory’s workout on Sunday. The 6-foot-6.5, 212-pound can lineup at either wide receiver or tight end with the ball skills and size he carries, but he leaned on 7-on-7 in the last few months to give himself the game reps he needed to elevate his game.
“Especially since we were only able to have a two-game season in the fall, I’ve just taken the offseason to go to camps, 7-on-7s if I can,” Pearce told SEQL. “I went down to Florida, Dallas and other places and just been working every day that I can in the weight room trying to put on a lot of weight, but good weight. Just doing everything that I can.”
Pearce is working to get to “215, 220ish” as he adds muscle to make tight end a possibility at the next level but he recognizes his potential impact as a receiving threat. “I play more receiver but as I put on more weight I can definitely see myself as a tight end and I’m open to playing any position, just whatever the future brings.” Pearce knows what separates him from the competition.
“I’d say my ability to go up and attack the ball, my catching ability, I’d say getting past the corner with a hard break,” he added. “I’ve been working here a bunch, I’ve been working with my trainer Derrick McPhearson with the weight room stuff and then speed and agility with him. I play 7-on-7 with Team Florida Elite and then I’m going to play with Volt in two weekends.” While Pearce has time before he returns to game action with Gilman, the eventual return to MIAA play gives him a chance to achieve his attainable goal.
“Next season just definitely be the top receiver in the MIAA and show everybody what I can do when we hopefully get a chance to play. A chance to get good stats and good film.”
Written by Ahmed Ghafir, publisher of Inside the Black & Gold.