Speller picks the Pirates

3-star Virginia Beach (Va.) 2014 Kempsville linebacker Kyron Speller committed to ECU Monday. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the decision.

After having ECU at the top of a list which included offers from Army, Navy, James Madison and Campbell, 2014 Kempsville linebacker Kyron Speller decided to pick the Pirates.

Speller is the fourth linebacker for the 2014 Pirate class and the third commit from Virginia Beach. He split time at fullback and linebacker at the high school level, but ECU offered him as a linebacker.

The decision to commit culminated for Speller after an in-home visit from ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill and area recruiter (inside linebacker coach) John Wiley.

"I made up my mind when coach Ruff came to my house to talk," said the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Speller. "He was talking a lot about family and having a player to coach bond. I saw myself joining this family and he really wanted to talk to my mom most."

The coaches visited Speller's home on Friday, Dec. 6; on Monday night (Dec. 9) he called coach Ruffin McNeill and made his verbal commitment.

After visiting for game day experiences against Old Dominion and Virginia Tech, Speller was comfortable with ECU. The experience he had in Greenville is what ultimately solidified his decision to pledge for the 2014 class.

"When I saw the campus I loved it," Speller said. "It felt like home and I really felt that I belonged there."

As far as when he'll join his future teammates, Speller has no intention of enrolling early. He mentioned he plans on "riding out his senior year with his Kempsville family."

The Pirate coaching staff will most likely have him arrive mid-June or early July.

For now, the talented linebacker is enjoying the love he's getting from his future fan base.

"I love the Pirate Nation," said Speller. "They have so much pride and motivation and it's all transferred into the game, that's what I love most."

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