2014 top target breakdown

National Signing Day is less than 30 days away and recruits will be visiting soon. Inside ECU Sports has a look at the top targets ECU will try land for the 2014 class.

When looking at ECU's 2014 commits there are some glaring holes at key positions on the offensive side of the ball. The Pirates have yet to land a commit at the running back position and their only quarterback (John Wolford) de-committed in December.

With signal-caller Shane Carden coming back next season for ECU and Kurt Benkert making the most of his reps, the Pirates should be okay at the quarterback position.

However, with the loss of senior running back Vintavious Cooper, ECU is likely looking to close in on at least one running back commit before the fun is over.

All signs point to Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Anthony Scott. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound back with the closest speed to former ECU running back Chris Johnson (4.29 sec 40-yard dash) had a best friend/teammate commit to ECU in September.

Scott currently has offers from ECU, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, James Madison, West Virginia, Hampton and Maryland. The Pirates and the Hokies have made the biggest impression on him and he plans to visit ECU Jan. 17 and Virginia Tech Jan. 24.

More schools are reaching out to Scott after an impressive senior season. He mentioned UNC Chapel Hill could be close to offering – that would change everything.

For right now the Pirates have to be sweating over this recruit, a commitment would be huge. Scott plans to wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 5 to announce, but the Pirates may have a depth advantage – the Hokies have four committed running backs in their 2014 class already.

Scott would be a big pickup for any school. He rushed for 1,313 yards and 22 touchdowns this season and caught 37 passes for 915 yards and eight touchdowns winning him Beach District Offensive Player of the Year.

Although the quarterback position isn't the number one thing that needs to be addressed, the Pirates have been in contact with recruits at that position.

6-foot-3, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback Braxton Ross from Trinity Christian (Fayetteville, N.C.) is still hearing from the Pirates. He had an impressive senior season, but has yet to land an offer.

Ross is going to take the SAT again in the spring with hopes of landing an offer from the Pirates. ECU outside receivers coach Dave Nichol will be visiting with Ross on Jan. 20.

Jan. 17 is a day to mark on the recruiting calendar. ECU will have a bevy of 2014 recruits come for their official visits and it will likely be one of the last ‘hoo-rah's' for the class as far as visits go.

Here's a list of some of the top targets that will be visiting ECU in the coming weeks `with a description of each:

Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Anthony Scott: Mentioned above, Scott is likely ECU's top target at running back. His last visit to campus could play a huge deciding role in his recruitment. 2014 commit Green Run defensive end Shaun James, Scott's best friend, pledged to the Pirates in September. He visits ECU Jan. 17.

Mundy's Mill (Jonesboro, GA) running back Rodney Smith: The Pirates have reached out to other running backs and Rodney Smith is one of them. Smith rushed for 2,201 yard and 26 touchdowns for Mundy Mill's last season. He's considering ECU, Minnesota and Southern Miss and will visit ECU on Jan. 17.

2014 East Coweta (Sharpsburg, GA) wide receiver/free safety Markell Boston: At 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, ECU's outside receivers coach Dave Nichol wants Boston at receiver and extended him the offer. He will visit ECU Jan. 17, Western Kentucky Jan. 24 and Vanderbilt Jan. 31.

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Dawsonville (Ga.) Atlanta Sports Academy 2014 wide receiver Devin Elliott: ECU is in his top schools and he's planning to visit in January. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wideout had over 1,000 yards in his senior season and nine touchdowns. His top schools are ECU, Middle Tennessee, Memphis, Minnesota and Florida Atlantic.

Monroe (N.C.) cornerback/running back Tre'Shun Wynn: Took an unofficial visit to ECU Nov. 9 and just visited UNC Charlotte two days ago. Wynn is likely deciding between the two, but UNC Chapel Hill has shown interest as well. Wynn is 6-foot tall and weighs 170 pounds.

Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) offensive guard Quincy McKinney: Signed with N.C. State out of High School in 2012 before ending up on JUCO route. 6-foot-4, 300-pounds makes McKinney a monster on the line, he will visit ECU on Jan. 17. ECU signed wide receiver Jabril Soloman from Hutchinson CC last year.

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