Johnson picks ECU

Knightdale (N.C.) wide receiver Quay Johnson became the thirteenth 2014 verbal commit for ECU Friday. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the decision.

As a dual-sport athlete running track and playing football, Knightdale wide receiver Quay Johnson received multiple offers. The talented wide-out collected football offers from UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State, Old Dominion and East Carolina.

After telling Scout.com this summer he would wait until the last minute to commit, Johnson decided an hour ago he will play his college football at East Carolina University.

"I picked ECU because they made me feel like I was a part of the family before I even tried to be," the 5-foot-10, 170-pound receiver said. "(ECU) paid more attention to me than any other school and made me feel the family atmosphere."

While the deciding factor for his commitment was the family atmosphere, Johnson mentioned his visit during ECU's win over ODU last Saturday is when he knew ECU was the place for him.

"I went to the ODU game last Saturday," Johnson said. "Immediately after the game I told my step-dad I knew I wanted to play at ECU. The game was awesome, I got to watch everybody play and see how good they were together. It made me want to be a part of it. I also talked to track and field coach (Curt Kraft) and saw their new track and facilities. I still plan on doing both at ECU and that was another reason I chose the Pirates (tack offer)."

Johnson attended a game in which two true freshmen wide receivers accounted for four of the five touchdowns scored by ECU. Davon Grayson and Isaiah Jones' performances gave Johnson even more confidence in his decision.

"I saw Davon Grayson scored three in his first game as a true freshman," he said. "It makes me feel like I'm in a good spot knowing I could potentially play as a freshman. ECU runs the same style offense that we run at Knightdale so I'm familiar with it. I'm confident I can make the plays and great catches that I've seen ECU receivers make and I'll work hard and to my best to prove it."

With his decision made, Johnson is happy to have the weight off of his shoulders. He plans on focusing on his school work, football season and track once the time comes.

Outside receivers coach Dave Nichol was in charge of Johnson's recruitment and was persistent enough to finally land him.

"Coach Nichol did a great job to make me feel wanted," Johnson said. "He's a great coach and a great person, I'm glad I got to know him and have him recruit me to be a Pirate."

Johnson is excited for the opportunity and it antsy to get to ECU.

"I feel great about becoming a Pirate," he said. "I'm more than ready for next year and to get there; I can't wait to do my thing. I committed thirty minutes ago and have been getting a lot of calls on the phone already."


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