Bowden picks the Pirates

2014 Robert B. Glenn High School (Kernersville, N.C) athlete Yiannis Bowden became ECU's eleventh verbal commit Thursday.

Yiannis Bowden, a standout defensive end from R. B. Glenn High School, became ECU's eleventh commit and the fifth in-state athlete to commit in the 2014 class. He adds to a class that is composed primarily of defensive players at the moment.

Seven out of the eleven 2014 commits have come on the defensive side of the ball. Of those seven, five have are defensive end/linebackers the same positions Bowden plays.

Ball State, North Carolina A&T and Old Dominion were the other school's to offer Bowden, but in the end he decided ECU was the place for him. He visited campus recently and that could have been the hook, line and sinker for his recruitment.

As a versatile component to Glenn's defense last season, Bowden saw time at weak-side defensive end and outside linebacker. His versatility and size should be key assets to his success at the next level.

He is a triple-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and running track at Robert B. Glenn.

It was ECU defensive coordinator Rick Smith who oversaw Bowden's recruitment.

Glenn opens its season against the Parkland Mustangs from Winston-Salem, NC tonight August 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Inside ECU Sports will speak with Bowden as soon as possible to add information to this working story.

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