James picks ECU

East Carolina got its eighth verbal commit for the 2014 class in Green Run (Virginia Beach, Va.) defensive end Shaun James. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his decision.

Shaun James from Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia became the eighth 2014 ECU commit today. James is the fifth defensive commit in the class and the second from Virginia.

Inside linebackers coach John Wiley should be credited with landing two commits within a week for the Pirates. Ocean Lakes outside linebacker Massadiq Walton became the seventh commit last week and credited Wiley with his recruitment.

"I called coach Wiley about thirty minutes ago," the 6-foot-4, 240-pound James said. "My uncle and I talked to him, because my uncle knows a lot about football. We talked for about 20 minutes about the academics and how much ECU wanted me there and that's when I surprised Wiley with the commitment."

James had many factors that played into his decision.

"Academics were the first thing," he said. "I also really like the family environment at ECU it's great. They aren't just a team they are a family and I like the football program. They're a good team that's moving to a good conference and I'm excited to be a part of the inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference."

Green Run running back Anthony Scott is best friends with James and they both have offers from ECU. Scott recently told Scout.com him and James planned on going to ECU together if they didn't get any other big offers.

James followed up and mentioned they've talked about the idea before.

"I don't know what he'll do right now," James said. "I really hope he does commit to ECU. We're really close, almost like brothers and it would be awesome. We're always hanging out, so we might as well go to the next level together. We talked about it all the time after we started playing together and getting the letters. It's a dream to play college football with your best friend."

Preparing for the college level is a daunting task, but James has his mind right and is ready to work. He has certain things in particular he'd like to improve on before arriving at ECU.

"I have to get way stronger and I need to use my hands more," he said. "I also need to work on my moves, I usually just bull-rush at this level and that won't work in college. I need to work on all of that and focus on balling out my senior season."

Green Run High School doesn't allow early enrollment, so James will report to ECU in mid-June 2014. When he arrives he'll begin summer classes and start competing for his playing time.

James plans on studying sports management at ECU, but said there's a possibility that could change.

Since committing, James' phone has been blowing up and he's enthusiastic about his decision to become a future member of the Pirate Nation.

"It feels really good," he said. "They have a big fan base. I already have people from ECU I don't know blowing up my twitter and phone. It feels really good to feel the love and attention. I'm also glad to get the weight off they shoulders."

Shaun James is a great pickup for the 2014 Pirate class. His big body and skills on the defensive line should allow him to compete for time when he arrives on campus.

The watch is on now to see if his teammate, running back Anthony Scott, with 4.2 speed will commit to ECU soon to play with him best friend.

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