James likes the Pirates

Green Run (Virginia Beach, Va.) defensive end Shaun James has East Carolina as his current number one. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about it.

After flying under the radar early in his recruitment, Shaun James has picked up five offers in the last couple of months. Amongst those offers which include Marshall, James Madison, Campbell, Hampton, and ECU, one school is the front runner.

ECU has James' attention and is his number one school right now.

"I like the coaches," the 6-foot-4, 240-pound James said. "Head coach Ruffin McNeil talked about environment and family being first which I like. It seems like (ECU) gets the job done, the players are close together and in all it's a good school."

Inside linebackers coach John Wiley should get the assist for initiating James' recruitment.

"It was coach Wiley who offered me," James said. "He called the Green Run and said (ECU) had offered me and he wanted me to be a Pirate. We talked about the defensive scheme and what they had to offer, which he said was a family first environment and a good school."

Living in Virginia Beach has limited James' exposure to ECU, but he does have a family member who attended the school and played football there.

"My uncle graduated from (ECU) and played football there," he said. "I knew a good amount of stuff about the football, but not that much about the school. I remember Chris Johnson went there."

James has been to ECU multiple times.

"I went to the junior day and the spring game," James said. "I also took a trip there for the camp. My coach, my teammate Anthony Scott and I toured around the school with coach Wiley. We saw all of the facilities, the practice field and my favorite part was the locker room. I'm going to the home-opener against Old Dominion."

Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Temple and Old Dominion have all been showing interest in James. He thinks his next to offer could come from ODU.

"A new offer wouldn't decrease my interest in ECU," James said. "It would just bring a new school in the picture and make the decision tougher. My dream offer would be from Michigan, Alabama or Florida."

August 29 is the season opener for Green Run. James has been working hard to prepare for a big senior season.

"I've been working out and lifting more than I did last year," he said. "I have also been focusing on using my hands more and have been getting way stronger. It should all reflect on the field."

James mentioned he's been hearing from Towson, West Virginia and some schools in Florida. He plans on committing to a school after the season so that he can see if he gets any more offers, he also isn't a fan of the early enrollment process and will graduate with his classmates.

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