McGhin changes to ECU

2014 Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State University School offensive tackle Garrett McGhin became ECU's fifth offensive line commit Wednesday. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the decision.

In late July, offensive tackle Garrett McGhin committed to South Alabama to play football and baseball. Fast forward about six months, and McGhin has since de-committed and chosen to play college football for the ECU Pirates.

Choosing where to go to college is a big decision and McGhin confident in his second commitment. He's looking forward to spending his college career in Greenville, NC.

"I've felt so much love from ECU," said the 6-foot-6, 255-pound McGhin. "ECU was the only school that I had the entire staff recruiting me. I talked to (offensive line coach) Brandon Jones, (defensive coordinator) Rick Smith and even the Head Coach Ruffin McNeill. Not a lot of players get that, I knew ECU really cared and really wanted me that was a huge aspect of my decision. I'm so much happier, there's no more weight on my shoulders and I'm excited to be a Pirate."

When he committed to South Alabama over summer McGhin was confident in his decision – that was before he visited Greenville for a game day experience. McGhin made it out to ECU's 53-24 win over Tulsa and that's when he got the idea of de-committing and pledging to ECU.

It was only a matter of time.

"The game day experience at South Alabama is nowhere near ECU's," said McGhin. "I had goose bumps when I was at ECU. The atmosphere is crazy. Fans pack the stadium, Ruffin McNeill gets heated leading the team onto the field and there were Pirate fans everywhere. The people, the coaches and the atmosphere solidified my decision."

McGhin is currently a three-sport athlete at his high school playing football, baseball and basketball. Football and baseball are his main sports and he was planning on playing both at South Alabama.

As far as playing both sports at ECU, McGhin mentioned he has been in contact with the baseball coaching staff.

"I met ECU's baseball coach Billy Godwin," McGhin said. "I plan on pursuing baseball at ECU. The way it would work is I'd be on football scholarship and try to work for a roster spot and earn playing time on the baseball team. He said he hasn't seen enough of my play to guarantee anything, but he likes my size."

Making the move from Florida to North Carolina will be a change for McGhin. Even though he loves it at home, he is excited about the change of scenery and mentioned how beautiful North Carolina is.

Early enrollment is out the window with McGhin's basketball and baseball seasons. He said he spoke with defensive coordinator Rick Smith about joining the team in June.

McGhin's senior season ended with a loss in the state semi-finals.


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