Jesse C. Carson (China Grove, N.C.) defensive lineman Myquon Stout has added four offers since receiving his first from the Pirates back in April.
"ECU was my first offer, so it was special," said the 6-foot-1, 250-pounder. "I have been talking to (ECU's offensive line) coach Brandon Jones. He told me it was a great atmosphere there and he's very confident in the program. He also said it's a great school even without football."
Stout's hometown of China Grove is a four-hour drive from Greenville and said if he hadn't been offered already, he was going to attend ECU's camp. Instead, Stout unofficially visited campus last week and was impressed.
"I got to meet all of the coaches and see all of the football facilities," Stout said. "My favorite part was how the coaches really cared about the kids. They made me feel at home while I was there and it had a family feel to it."
Since receiving his offer from the Pirates, Stout has added more in-state offers from Appalachian State, UNC Charlotte, Elon, Furman and Campbell. He's currently split between the two schools on opposite ends of the state.
"Right now it's between ECU and Appalachian State," he said. "I am open to other schools as well going through senior year because I don't want to rush into it. Appalachian is showing a lot of interest and I'm hearing from Wofford and Western Michigan."
Stout was named a preseason 3-A All-State player in North Carolina last week and takes pride in the label.
"That's a really big honor," he said. "It lets people know I'm out here and it means a lot because we have a lot of good athletes in NC… I've been working hard in the weight room trying to improve my quickness off the ball."
The visit to ECU will be the last one of the summer for Stout. This coming week, Jesse C. Carson will begin their lifting for the fall and the first day of practice is August 1.
With the school year getting set to start back and signing day approaching, Stout has thought about the idea of committing this fall.
"I want to say I will end up making the decision by end of the season or maybe the middle," he said. "Everything depends on how my visits go. I'll make the decision when it feels right."