Born into a large, talented and loving family and raised in a tight knit Missouri community on the outskirts of St. Louis, Pierre Desir grew up in a competitive environment where his parents constantly emphasized the values of education and hard work. He fashioned himself into an athlete throughout his elementary school years and was a dominating force on the football field by the time he arrived at high school.
Some of the best college players are categorized in the “athlete” position by college scouts, and those who watched Desir practice his craft in high school were hesitant to restrict him to any one position. He gravitated to the defensive secondary throughout his time at Francis Howell Central High School, garnering prestigious awards in both his Junior and Senior seasons. Opposing quarterbacks and coaches engineered their game plans to avoid throwing in his direction, but they couldn’t help kicking in his direction, and Desir racked up an eye-popping 37.8 yards per kickoff return in his Senior year.
Desir was caught up in the wash in terms of the abundance of talent in the St. Louis area, and he was not recruited in a way that reflected his depth of skill and burgeoning character. He was happy to attend Washburn University for three years and fill up the stat sheet throughout his two seasons. He currently ranks third all-time in the football program’s history with a dozen career interceptions. Continuing the theme of giving his offense excellent field position, he averaged almost 25 yards per kickoff return throughout his career at Washburn.
He made the transfer to Lindenwood College in 2012, immediately assuming the role of defensive leader and pumping up a program in need of a charge. Coaches and staff within the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Associational were already well aware of the talents of the 6’2”, 206 pound athlete that was capable of covering nearly half of the field. Over the course of the 2013 regular-season, it became clear that Desir was one of the single best cornerbacks to ever play in the conference.
The American Football Coaches Association took notice of his accomplishments and persistence along his route to the doorstep of the professional ranks. He earned All-American Honors from the prestigious organization and became the first Lindenwood player to ever garner the distinction in Division II in the process. A favorite of teammates who became reenergized once he arrived on the squad, he was also a runaway winner for the Defensive Player of the Year, an award voted on by teammates and coaches.
Throughout the course of the 2012 regular-season, Desir put made a number of important plays and displays of athleticism that turned into highlight reel material. A very intelligent student of the game with a motor that simply never runs out of gas, he was the perfect leader for a team that became more formidable and respected as the season developed.
The 2013 season has unfolded perfectly for the young and hungry defensive back show a D-back who is very savvy in terms of interpreting body language of quarterbacks. He jumped on several routes that led to important breakups or interceptions, but did so intelligently and with perfect timing so as to not leave himself or his nearby teammates vulnerable.
Blessed with amazing natural coordination and having developed his strength steadily throughout his college career, Desir often overpowers and overmatches the receivers he lines up against. In some cases, his ability to catch and secure the ball far exceeded that of the receivers he was designated to cover. Sizable returns during a few of his interceptions throughout the 2013 season show a player that has a natural sense of his surroundings at all times.
Although he plays with emotion and passion on every single play, he is not the type of guy that will garner an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for celebrating or showboating. Desir is a confident and educated young man who understands what it takes to get the most out of his potential. He is anxious for the chance to demonstrate his skills and confident that he can quickly make an impact wherever he lands.
First ever to win the Cliff Harris Award which is presented to the top defensive player in the country representing Division II, III and NAIA colleges and universities.