Barmore commits during UAB

ECU earned its fifteenth 2014 verbal commit yesterday in Hardaway (Columbus, GA) offensive tackle Desmond Barmore. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about it.

After nearly committing to ECU in July, Hardaway offensive tackle Desmond Barmore made it official yesterday. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect committed right before ECU's dominant win over UAB.

On a day that celebrates the Seniors that will move on, the Pirates added a new face. Barmore is confident in his decision and attributed two things as the deciding factors.

"The environment and the coaching staff made me want to commit!" said Barmore. "It's the best opportunity for me to succeed in life."

Offensive line coach Brandon Jones and outside receivers coach Dave Nichol were in charge of Barmore's recruitment. In July, Barmore's top four schools were San Diego State, Georgia State, Louisiana Lafayette and ECU.

He nearly committed to ECU after releasing his top four, but decided to wait and see more schools. The visit yesterday was the time for Barmore to solidify his interest in the Pirates.

"I toured around campus and met the coaching staff and some players," Barmore said. "I spoke with Coach McNeill and told him that I'm committed to ECU and everything that it stands for."

Barmore mentioned the commitment was a huge weight off of his shoulders. Now he plans on working hard in the classroom and continuing to hit the weight room. His overall goal is to gain as much muscle as possible before arriving at ECU.

This makes it fifteen verbal commits for ECU's 2014 class and Barmore is the first from Georgia. He is the fourth offensive lineman in the class and the second standing 6-foot-7.

Just like his future teammates before him, Barmore is feeling the love from his future school already. He will join the team during the fall of 2014.

"It feels great to be a Pirate," said Barmore. "It's one of greatest feelings I ever had! Everybody in Pirate Nation just took me in with open arms and it's a good feeling to be a part of it."

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