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The day is finally here and the biggest weekend for ECU's 2014 recruiting class is underway. Inside ECU Sports has the scoop on the recruits that will be on campus throughout the weekend.

Signing day is rapidly approaching. In fact, it's only 19 days away.

What does that mean for ECU? It means all systems go.

ECU recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick told IES the weekend of Jan.17 is "the biggest weekend for recruits" the Pirate coaching staff has for the 2014 class.

The coaches have elected to take a divide and conquer approach and have split up to see top targets in South Carolina and Georgia. On top of that, the coaches who stayed behind will have more than 20 recruits visiting and it all starts today.

ECU has a chance to kill two birds with one stone. The coaching staff will take advantage of school being in session and "sell the atmosphere" to both top targets and some of their 16 already committed recruits. The weekend will also include a banquet on Saturday.

The 2014 class is shaping up to be the best in head coach Ruffin McNeill's tenure – that is if it all goes according to plan and no more de-commits happen.

Here's a list of some of the key recruits that will be on campus this weekend:

2014 Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Anthony Scott: Scott is likely ECU's top target at running back. His best friend/teammate defensive end Shaun James committed to the Pirates in September. He's also considering Virginia Tech and will visit soon.

2014 Mundy's Mill (Jonesboro, GA) running back Rodney Smith: Another top running back target. Smith rushed for 2,201 yard and 26 touchdowns for Mundy Mill's last season. He's considering ECU, Minnesota and Southern Miss and has visits lined up to both in the coming weeks. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and outside receivers Dave Nichol visited with him before he left Greenville.

2014 Gaffney (S.C) athlete/running back Hyleck Foster: The Pirates would love to land Foster especially since he committed to Marshall back in July. He is 5-foot-10, 180-pounds and accounted for over 2,000 yards from scrimmage as a junior with 30 touchdowns.

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 Western Kentucky Jan. 24 and Vanderbilt Jan. 31.

(Dre Massey photo by Gwinn Davis)
2014 Mauldin (S.C.) wide receiver/athlete Dre Massey: Coach Kirkpatrick visited Massey's home Thursday before his visit. No offer yet, but it's likely coming. For Mauldin last season, he accounted for 3,500+ yards of total offense.

2014 Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) offensive guard Quincy McKinney: Signed with South Carolina out of High School in 2011 and was at N.C. State in 2012 before ending up on JUCO route due to academic issues.


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