Commits attend VT game

East Carolina had two 2014 commits visit during its loss to Virginia Tech over the weekend. Inside ECU Sports spoke with them about the experience.

Two 2014 ECU commits made it to Dowdy-Ficklen over the weekend to watch the Pirates take on the Hokies. 6-foot-5, 220-pound Beaufort (S.C.) tight end Stephen Baggett was the lone offensive commit to make the trip.

"The experience was more than anything I imagined," Baggett said. "I can't tell you how happy I am to be a part of the Pirate family. I'm excited and can't wait to be a part of that atmosphere every Saturday. I didn't meet any of the coaches until after the game when I went into the locker room with the team, but I hung out with fellow commit Joe Carter throughout the game and got to meet him so that was cool."

Ponte Vedra (Fla.) linebacker Joe Carter represented the defense Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound commit also enjoyed his time at the game.

"My dad and I flew up Saturday morning really early so I missed seeing some of the tailgating and pregame stuff," Carter said. "I did get to see head coach Ruffin McNeill speak before the game and that was cool, it reassured me that I made a great decision for my future. As far as the game, it surpassed all the hype. The Pirate Nation is a loyal fan base that's great to be around. Seeing the players come out to purple haze is when it really hit me. I was next to Stephen Baggett; we looked at each other and couldn't believe we're going to be playing college football (at ECU)."

For Baggett, the game started off extremely encouraging. The Pirates drove down on their opening drive and capped it off with a touchdown throw to Bryce Williams – a Marshall transfer whose Baggett's game is extremely similar to.

"Seeing (Williams) score showed me that I'll have opportunities," Baggett said. "It was exciting, but really I'm just willing to do whatever it takes to help the team out and do whatever the coaches tell me to do. Scoring a touchdown like that in a game like that is a dream. I'll just have to see what the coaches have planned for my future."

On the other side of things, linebacker Joe Carter got to see ECU's defense in one of its most dominant performances against the run in recent memory. The Pirates held the Hokies, an ACC running unit, to just 53 total yards on the ground for the game.

"The defense played awesome," Carter said. "That was really exciting to see linebackers run that defense. Like I've said we run a 3-4 at (Ponta Vedra), I'm huge fan of it. When it's played right it's a tough defense to move the ball on, I totally see myself playing in it. I didn't get to meet with any coaches before the game, but after I talked to (inside linebackers) coach John Wiley and (defensive coordinator) Rick Smith. They seemed excited to see me. We talked about my game the night before, how the season was going and how the Virginia Tech game went."

Both commits will graduate with their classes and join their future teammates during the summer.


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