The third of the four to verbally commit to the Pirates this week was Chapman (S.C.) wide receiver Malik Gray who is also the third commit from South Carolina in the last four days.
The coaching staff has really put in the extra effort to lock up their top targets and the recent recruiting trip by the staff to South Carolina is paying dividends. Gray was the first of two recruits to commit this weekend.
ECU's coaches left such a good impression on Gray he decided to forego a planned visit to Georgia Tech.
"I called (recruiting coordinator) Donnie Kirkpatrick Saturday around noon and told him the news," said the 6-foot-1, 160-pound Gray. "I was going to Georgia Tech this coming weekend to see what they had to offer and would have made my decision between them and ECU. Now I feel like ECU is the best fit place for me and that I can make a difference and a big impact there."
Gray mentioned his favorite part about ECU is the team. He genuinely felt the love while on his official visit last weekend and ultimately that's what solidified his decision.
ECU's staff has really emphasized adding depth at the wide receiver position which could be due to the injuries they suffered at the position last season – the most debilitating being the loss of freshman standout Davon Grayson.
The Pirates have four wide receiver commits already, five if you count Jabril Solomon who has struggled with eligibility after graduating in the class of 2012 and taking the Junior College route.
Gray knows the class has talent and feels he brings an added element.
"I look forward to competing with the best and showcasing my talents on the field," said Gray. "The best part of my game is that I always go 110 percent all out."
The Pirate coaching staff may red-shirt Gray to add weight, but his 6-foot-1 frame will be easy to build on. However, don't be surprised if Gray and other freshman see significant playing time this in 2014. The class is shaping up nicely and the hope for a full class of signees on Feb. 5 is still highly likely.