Pro-style and dual-threat quarterback Shawn Stankavage from Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) had a visit from offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and outside receivers coach Dave Nichol on Jan. 17 where he was extended his offer.
Riley and Nichol talked him into taking an official visit to campus on Jan. 24 ultimately leading to his commitment. Unlike John Wolford, Stankavage plans on seeing his commitment through.
"I'm all in as a Pirate," said the 6-foot-3, 188-pound Stankavage. "What really solidified the decision was how the players treated each other. It was a big family and they took me in (on my official visit) and made me feel like one of them. I really enjoyed my time at ECU. I'm excited to be the only quarterback in the class of 2014 and I can't wait to get up there."
Stankavage mentioned he will likely report for summer workouts on June 15.
Watching Stankavage's highlight type is like something out of a video game. While he is listed as a pro-style quarterback, Stankavage has the ability to make all sorts of defenders miss using his legs. He has taken on the nickname ‘Shawny Football' at his high school due to his similar playmaking ability to Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
In his impressive senior season, Stankavage had 3,564 yards passing with 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while adding 1,058 yards rushing with 13 touchdowns. Statistics don't lie, Stankavage can play.
So where does he fit in with ECU's stable of quarterbacks?
"The plan is to have me come in and learn behind Shane (Carden)," said Stankavage. "Then I'll compete for the job in two years."
Stankavage's likely competition will be against sophomore quarterback Kurt Benkert who early enrolled with ECU in Jan. 2013.
The Pirates have landed themselves an extremely promising talent in Stankavage. His ability to extend plays and keep composure should transfer well at the next level in Lincoln Riley's offense.
For now, Stankavage said it feels great to have the weight off of his shoulders and that he's feeling the love from the Pirate Nation already.