Pirates get commit No. 11 for 2014

Last week Robert B. Glenn High School (Kernersville, N.C.) athlete Yiannis Bowden became ECU's eleventh verbal commit for the 2014 class.

Yiannis Bowden, a standout at defensive end, is the fifth in-state athlete to pledge to the Pirates for the 2014 class. He adds to a class composed primarily of defensive players at the moment.

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 which made the decision easier.

"I went to a scrimmage two weeks ago," the 6-foot-6, 206-pound Bowden said. "I went by campus and it was nice, I also met the coaches and players. The people are great there and I really like the facilities. It's also a good football program."

As a versatile piece to Glenn's defense, Bowden sees time at weak-side defensive end and outside linebacker. ECU has an idea of where they'd like him to play when he arrives.

"ECU wants me at outside linebacker," he said. "I played a lot of defensive end and outside linebacker when we go to our 3-4 defense. I'm fine playing at either spot."

Bowden is a triple-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and running track at Robert B. Glenn. He mentioned it has helped him develop as an athlete.

"It helps me stay in shape," Bowden said. "The hand-eye coordination from basketball has helped with my hands on the defensive line and running track keeps my speed up."

ECU defensive coordinator Rick Smith oversaw Bowden's recruitment.

"(Smith) was really active," he said. "He came to see me twice and called me every now and then. He told me a lot about ECU and the move to the American Athletic Conference. That played a role in my recruitment; I think it's a good move for the program to improve competition."

Glenn opened its season against the Parkland Mustangs from Winston-Salem, NC last Friday August 23 at 7:30 p.m. Bowden and his teammates emerged victorious shutting out the Mustangs 42-0.

He mentioned he's playing loose now that his decision has been made.

"It feels good to have the weight off my shoulders," Bowden said. "Now I get to play relaxed and focus on the season."

Bowden is another pickup with tremendous size for the 2014 class.

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