Pirates visit in-state WR

ECU recently visited 2015 Eastern Guilford (Gibsonville, N.C.) WR/DB Jarius Morehead. Inside ECU Sports caught up with him about it and his offer from the Pirates.

Coming into his junior season Eastern Guilford wide receiver/defensive back Jarius Morehead had plenty of schools interested in his talents.

The talented two-way player currently holds offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Tennessee, UNC Charlotte, Wake Forest and ECU. The Pirates made a recent visit to Morehead's school to speak with him.

"ECU visited the school two weeks ago," said the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Morehead. "Then I spoke with (defensive coordinator) Rick Smith on the phone, he was saying I have solid offer from them and it wasn't going to go anywhere."

With so many schools interested, Morehead was ready to put on a show in his junior campaign. Unfortunately an ankle injury ended his season just six games in.

Morehead was ‘rolled up on' during a game by multiple players and hyperextended his ankle. After trying to play through it, he realized it was getting worse and had to stop playing.

With that being said, Morehead still put up impressive stats. Offensively he finished with 289 yards and two touchdowns, while defensively he had 40 tackles, nine pass deflections, one forced fumble and two interceptions.

The ankle injury is by no means a career-ending one, but Morehead knows it will take time to heal up. He plans to have a busy off-season with hopes of returning to the field as a better player.

"I will definitely be rehabbing this off-season," said Morehead. "I'll be working out to gain some weight. I'm at 185 (lbs) right now, but I want to get to 200 or 205. I'm going to be running track to get faster and also will be working to make some extra money to visit camps and travel."

The injury was a minor setback, but this recruit should continue to hear it from top programs if he gets back to being healthy. For now, Morehead mentioned the schools he has heard from most recently are Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, Nebraska and Indiana.

The ECU Pirates will likely try to have Morehead for a spring or summer visit.

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