November 30, 2022

DITR: Semaj Pierre

Semaj Pierre is a 5’7, 145-pound wide receiver out of Madison Prep in Baton Rouge, LA. The class of 2025 wideout exceled in just his first year of high school football from the slot, serving as one of the top freshman playmakers in the state. This guy is an absolute problem in open field, being able to make defenders miss with ankle breaking moves are one of his best strengths. Even at his current size, he showed the ability to be a reliable weapon in the middle of the field, making tough catches and racking up yards after the catch. To go along with his early success on the field, Semaj has a 4.25 GPA. By the time he is a senior, don’t be surprised to see him as being possibly one of the top receivers in the state and country.

Check out his highlights here

When did you start playing football?

I started playing when I was 5 or 6 years old.

Who/what are your biggest motivators for playing the game?

My cousin. I used to be around him a lot and he played. That motivated me to get out there and play.

What are your biggest strengths on the field?

Being able to read defenses before the snap in order to get a step ahead on what I’m supposed to be doing.

What’s the feeling like knowing you were able to come in and make a significant impact on your team in just your freshman season?

It was very unexpected. My goals were very low and I just focused on doing what I can do to capitalize on the reps I’ll get. I didn’t expect to start. When I got the starting spot, I had higher expectations for myself. I had to play like I wasn’t a freshman. It feels good to be apart of a championship caliber team.

How can you use that as motivation to get even better next season?

It’s motivation because I want to get better every year. I think I had about 1,000 yards this season and I’m hoping to have a big offseason with my QB and receiving core. We’re going to work hard this offseason and try to make it farther next season. We came up a little short this season but we’ll make sure that doesn’t happen again.

What lessons have you learned from football?

You have to work for what you want. You won’t be rewarded if you don’t work hard. When it comes to the season, you have to do what you have to do to help put your brothers in position to eat.

What players do you study to help you get better?

Stefon Diggs because of his route running. Russell Gage also because I like what he does after the catch. Those are my 2 favorite NFL receivers.

What’s the most exciting thing about getting to compete?

The fact that I play on Friday nights is the most exciting thing. Playing under the lights, I didn’t think it would come this fast. The high school atmosphere, student section, and the band playing. The high school atmosphere is just different.

What was your favorite moment from your first season of high school ball?

My favorite moment was definitely my first touchdown against Southern Lab. Having that kind of exciting, highlight play that it was to begin my high school career was really exciting. It was a really special play.

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