With that being said, it won't be easy. The Pirates still have multiple targets for the class considering other schools and with official visit all said and done the decision is out of their hands.
Tomorrow will be an exciting day for recruits as they pledge to their selective schools, but for coaches it will be a day filled with copious amounts of stress. After all, it's like recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick said, a verbal commitment is like dating only when the letter of intent is signed is when it becomes real.
Here are the top targets that ECU hopes will commit sometime tomorrow:
Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Anthony Scott: The 5-foot-10, 200-pound speedy back will decide between ECU, Virginia Tech and ODU. He officially visited Virginia Tech last weekend and told IES he had a good time. Scott will decide at school tomorrow afternoon. He's the Pirates top running back target.
Gaffney (S.C.) running back Hyleck Foster: The Pirates other top running back target, Foster visited Jan. 17 after committing to Marshall early on in his recruitment. Coaches stopped for an in-home visit with Foster Jan. 28. If he plans on decommitting and picking ECU that will likely happen tomorrow.
Hanahan (Charleston, S.C.) wide receiver Terrell Green: Great size at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Green also has a strong relationship with running backs coach Kirk Doll. He decommitted from Charleston Southern after receiving his offer from the Pirates and is a likely commit for tomorrow. Holy Cross (New Orleans, LA) quarterback James Tabary: Committed to Arkansas State early on in his recruitment, but received an ECU offer this weekend. It will be surprising if this 6-foot-2, 190-pound signal-caller switches his commitment.
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. Will decide tomorrow.
Here's a list of the 19 verbal commits ECU has so far for the 2014 class with a brief description for each:
Orangeburg-Wilkinson (S.C.) offensive tackle Messiah Rice: Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 260 pounds, Rice has a tremendous upside based off that alone. Rice was the only ECU commit from South Carolina to be selected to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. He will only get better with improved technique.
Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end Shaun James: This 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end chose ECU over Conference USA rival Marshall. He used his length to terrorize quarterbacks last season and also has a friend, running back Anthony Scott, who is extremely talented and likes the Pirates. Scott is currently uncommitted.
Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end/inside linebacker Kyron Speller: This talented defensive end committed on Dec. 9 making him the most recent 2014 ECU commit. At 6-foot-1, 250-pounds Speller is versatile; he played on the line and standing up at the linebacker position in high school.
Florida State (Tallahassee) offensive tackle Garrett McGhin: Was committed to South Alabama before switching to ECU after a game day visit. McGhin is 6-foot-6, 280 pounds and switched his decision in early December.
|McGhin in the Pirate gear he got for Christmas.|
Hardaway (Columbus, GA) offensive tackle Desmond Barmore: At 6-foot-7 and 295 pounds Barmore is the tallest and heaviest offensive lineman in the class. More weight training and improved technique could help him see time early on in his career. He's the only commit from the state of Georgia.
Beaufort (Ladys Island, S.C.) tight end Stephen Baggett: Talented pass-blocker who plays on a running team, but can go up and get it whenever the ball is thrown his way. Baggett is 6-foot-5, 220-pounds and runs a 4.6 second 40-yard dash.
Springbrook (Silver Spring, MD) defensive end Alex Evans: The tallest defensive end in the class at 6-foot-7, Evans was being looked at by plenty of ACC schools. He's the only ECU commit from Maryland and his 230-pound frame will be easy to build on at the next level.
Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, FL) offensive tackle Erik Lenzen: One of three Florida commits in the class, Lenzen considered Bowling Green and UMass before choosing ECU. He has impressive size at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds and will be a nice edition to ECU's offensive line which lost senior leadership to graduation after the 2013 season.
Ayden-Grifton (Ayden, N.C.) safety Drew Turnage: The closest thing to a local commit. Turnage covers a lot of ground on the defensive side of the ball and runs a 4.4 second 40-yard dash. He's 6-foot tall and weighs 185 pounds. Defensive coordinator Rick Smith may elect to red-shirt Turnage in order to let him gain weight. He should impress when hitting the field and his skills should translate at the next level.
Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) outside linebacker Massadiq Walton: Walton is 6-foot-3, 240-pounds and will be a nice addition to ECU's linebacking corps. A unit that lost its best player in Derrell Johnson this season to graduation, he should play on Sundays.
Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) offensive tackle Kyle Erickson: The first commit for the 2014 class, Erickson pledged to the Pirates in early April. He's the shortest offensive lineman in the class at 6-foot-4, but the second heaviest at 285 pounds next to Desmond Barmore.
Ponte Vedra (FL) inside linebacker Joe Carter: A linebacker with an impressive nose for the ball. The Pirates may red-shirt to gain weight since Carter is 6-foot-2, 210-pounds. If they don't, his pursuit to the ball may land him early playing time.
Miller Grove (GA) linebacker Ray Tillman: Will likely play at the inside linebacker position, Tillman brings with him a great motor. He is 6-foot, 195 pounds and pledged to the Pirates two days ago. Tillman's other notable offers included Georgia, Appalachian State, Marshall and Georgia State.
Northwestern (S.C.) safety Corey Seargent: Defensive coordinator Rick Smith has expressed interest in Seargent playing cornerback. He held offers from UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State, Kansas and Kansas State. Pirate coaching staff made red-shirt him to add weight, he's 6-foot, 175 pounds.
Mauldin (S.C.) wide receiver Dre Massey: Massey held offers from Marshall and Georgia Southern before picking ECU. He stands six feet tall and weighs 175 pounds with good speed. Coaches could elect to red-shirt him to gain weight.
Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end Tony Baird: The most recent 2014 commit, Baird pledged to the Pirates after his official visit. He has nice size at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and could play on the line or at the stand-up linebacker position.
Chapman (Inman, S.C.) wide receiver Malik Gray: 6-foot-1, 160 pounds with good speed for the position, Gray pledged to the Pirates in January. Don't be surprised if he gets red-shirted to add weight.
James Rickards (FL) defensive end Markel Winters: Committed to ECU two days ago. Winters has nice size at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. Coaches haven't told him whether he will be on the line or at the stand-up linebacker position. Winters chose ECU over Marshall, Middle Tennessee State and Florida Atlantic.
Middle Creek (Apex) wide receiver Curtis Burston and New Bern defensive back Cody Purdie both early enrolled for the 2014 spring semester at ECU Jan. 11. The two are currently roommates.
Burston has great size for wide receiver at 6-foot-2, 230-pounds. A successful spring and Burston may land him a similar role to the one true-freshmen wideouts Isaiah Jones and Davon Grayson had in 2013. Improved route running will be the key.
Purdie is 5-foot-11, 190-pounds and played a lot of offense for New Bern. He's a great athlete, with development under Rick Smith and a successful spring he could see early playing time at the safety position.