Weekend roundup

ECU's last official visit weekend for the 2014 class ends today. Inside ECU Sports has a look at recruiting moves that were made this weekend.

National Signing Day is three days away.

For ECU, this weekend was about hosting some last minute 2014 targets with hopes of landing more commits. It paid off too, the Pirates added another verbal commit for the class when Miller Grove (GA) linebacker Ray Tillman committed Sunday.

However, while ECU added another verbal, it also lost its only quarterback commit.

Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N. C.) quarterback Shawn Stankavage decommitted from ECU Sunday after his official visit to Vanderbilt. He made the tough decision with his parents.

QB Shawn Stankavage
"Academics were the deciding factor," said the 6-foot-3, 188-pound Stankavage. "Football doesn't last that long and my parents and I felt getting a degree from Vanderbilt was the best thing for me. I wish the coaches and the program at ECU the best. I'm thankful for all they did for me."

At 21 verbal commits the Pirates are four away from a signing a full class come Wednesday.

On top of the 2014 recruits that were on campus, so were some 2015 recruits. ECU held its first Junior Day of 2014 Saturday.

Junior day is by invite only and gives coaches a chance to see recruits in action while also giving them a taste of what the school has to offer.

Here's a list of some of the 2014 targets that were on campus this weekend:

Santa Monica (Harbor City, CA) offensive guard Dontae Levingston: Signed with Southern Methodist out of high school in the class of 2011 until academic struggles landed him on the JUCO route. At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds Levingston would be a big-bodied pickup that could potentially play immediately. He visited ECU Jan. 31 and has also been deciding between Texas Tech and Kansas.

James Rickards (Tallahassee, FL) defensive end Markel Winters: Officially visited ECU this weekend and could be the next to commit. Winters' tops schools include ECU, Marshall and Middle Tennessee State, all of which he has visited in the past three weekends. He's 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and could be another talented defensive end to add to the class.

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end Tony Baird: Teammate of 2014 commit, outside linebacker Masaddiq Walton, Baird is a talented player. He visited ECU this weekend and is hopeful to land an offer from the Pirates soon. Inside linebackers coach John Wiley is in charge of his recruitment and if he extends and offer a commitment will likely follow. Baird is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and his most notable other offer is from Navy.

Here are some of the 2015 recruits who attended ECU's Junior Day:

Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) linebacker James Smith-Williams: 6-foot-3, 200 pounds as a junior, Williams is being looked at by Appalachian State, Duke, Harvard and the list goes on. He visited ECU on March 15 for the first time and an offer could come soon depending on his performance at Junior Day.

Millbrook (N.C.) wide receiver Jonte Leaston: Invited to Junior Day by ECU last week, Leaston is a talented wide out with decent size at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds. He's being looked at by Appalachian State, Duke, Kansas, Massachusetts and ECU. This was his first visit to campus.

Millbrook (N.C.) running back Marcus Marshall: Probably the most talented of the three 2015 Millbrook recruits to visit. Marshall is being looked at by Arizona, Auburn, Appalachian State, Clemson, Duke and many more. He's 5-foot-9, 185 pounds.


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