Pirates get thirteenth 2014 commit

Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, Fla.) quarterback John Wolford became verbal commit number 13 for ECU's 2014 class Thursday. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the decision.

John Wolford from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla. is the first 2014 commit for ECU at the quarterback position.

"I am very confident in my decision to commit to ECU," the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Wolford said. "I love the coaching staff. (Offensive coordinator) Lincoln Riley is the person who sold me on it. I love the offense and the system he runs and I believe he can make me a better player. ECU has second to none talent, the atmosphere on game day and campus make it an awesome place. It was packed for the Virginia Tech game. I met with the academic team and that helped out too, it's a combination of things."

Along with his offer from the Pirates, Wolford held offers from Harvard, Samford, Air Force, Middle Tennessee State, Florida Atlantic, Western Michigan, Toledo, Akron, Mississippi State, Idaho, UNC Charlotte and Florida International.

In the end, the game day experience is what sold him. Wolford visited for ECU's game against Virginia Tech last week.

"It was the game day experience that solidified it," he said. "Going to see that helped make my decision easier. I've been to ECU twice now, the second time felt right. After talking with family and coaches it all added up and I made the decision. I'm happy with it."

With the weight off of his shoulders, Wolford can focus on improving before moving to the next level.

"I have to continue to get better in every facet of my game," Wolford said. "I'm going to focus on helping (Bishop Kenny) get as far as we can this season. Our goal is a state championship; we got to regionals last year. The off-season is about getting bigger, faster and stronger. I plan on going over everything and all of the intangibles. The little things are what make great players great."

As far as when he'll join the team, Wolford said he may have the option to early enroll, but it's tough to do at Bishop Kenny. As of right now he plans on joining his future teammates in June 2014.

Wolford is excited to be a future member of the Pirate family.

"I love it," he said. "The minute I committed I had a bunch of texts and people calling me to congratulate me. It's amazing to see and I am thrilled with the decision. ECU has a combination of so many good things."

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