2015 recruit: Shawn Furlow

Winterville (N.C.) South Central running back Shawn Furlow is one of top playmakers in North Carolina's 2015 class. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him and his coach about his recent offer from East Carolina.

South Central (Winterville, N.C) running back Shawn Furlow holds four offers to his name after an explosive sophomore season. The schools that have extended offers include UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, Syracuse and ECU.

Furlow got his offer from the Pirates earlier this summer.

"I went to ECU for camp right after school let out for summer," the 5-foot-10 180 pound Furlow said. "I felt I competed well in the camp and toward the end they offered me. I spoke with all of the coaches, but (inside linebackers) Coach John Wiley spoke with me the most."

Winterville, NC (where Furlow grew up) is located in Pitt County and is a short ride from ECU's campus. Being so close to the school had helped build his knowledge of the Pirates.

"He grew up close to Greenville so getting over there isn't a problem," South Central Assistant Coach Robert Duck said. "The location has really helped him as far as exposure to the school. Shawn used to watch Chris Johnson play all the time and has seen a ton of ECU's recent highlights."

Furlow spoke about the camp he attended at ECU during the beginning of summer.

"We started off with the broad jump," he said. "Then we went to bench press, ran some 40-yard dashes and did some individual position drills. For running backs, we did a little footwork and some receiving routes with the quarterbacks. We finished up with some team drills and one-on-ones for the coaches."

The camp also gave players the chance to play inside of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

"They ran 7-on-7's inside the stadium," Assistant Coach Robert Duck said. "I felt like Shawn really came alive during those. Being on the game field brought the best out of him."

As far as schools who are interested in him, Furlow has a laundry list, including multiple SEC and ACC schools.

"N.C. State and Tennessee are the most recent to talk with me and the Wolfpack could be my next offer," Furlow said. "I've also heard from Kentucky, Georgia and Clemson has been contacting my coaches through email.

Assistant Coach Robert Duck mentioned that Alabama, Elon, Appalachian State, Western Carolina, UNC Charlotte, Gardner Webb are also showing interest, but that's just to name a few. With that being said he's been reminding Furlow to enjoy his recruitment.

"I've told him he has to enjoy the process," Duck said. "He'll have to take time to learn about the schools he's interested in. As far as ECU, he's interested in them without a doubt and they've been watching game film of him."

Receiving this much attention as a rising junior can be tough for some student-athletes, but Furlow seems to be dealing with it well.

"It's a humbling experience," he said. "It's about staying focused mentally and being ready for the next level of play."

With other recruits, ACC schools and SEC showing interest tends to lead to ECU becoming overshadowed. It's good news for the Pirates that Furlow and his coaches tend to think otherwise.

"I don't see that happening," Assistant Coach Duck said. "I've known (Shawn) for years and since middle school ECU is all he's known. The school is right in his back yard basically and he didn't get more attention until tenth grade year. I definitely think ECU will be in it for the long haul."

Last season, Furlow carried the ball 113 times for 1,154 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's currently working on his pass blocking, route running and being mentally ready for next season. Furlow wants to be a better leader on the field and to get tougher in the weight room, with his ultimate goal being a state championship.

Signing day is far away for this recruit, but he has an idea about what he'll do for his commitment.

"I'm going to narrow it down to five at some point," Furlow said. "Once I've done that, I'll take all five official visits around the beginning of my senior year and hopefully commit to a school by Christmas time."

ECU is lucky to be in the running for Furlow, he's a big-time running back with the ability to create plays when he gets the ball. His Greenville roots seem to give the Pirates a ‘foot-in-the-door' so to speak, for now. With other schools on his scent, that could change with time.

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