For the Pirates, the signees starting rolling in at 7 a.m. sharp. The most important early decision of the day came when top running back target, Green Run's (Virginia Beach, VA) Anthony Scott, committed to the Pirates around 7:30 a.m.
With no running back commits for the class, Scott was the most sought after recruit for the position. His sub-4.3 40-yard dash time is one of the fastest since former ECU running back Chris Johnson.
Scott's recruitment was long and drawn out as he decided between ECU, Old Dominion and Virginia Tech.
About an hour later, ECU made a large splash by landing JUCO transfer Quincy McKinney. The 6-4, 300-pound offensive guard flipped from Louisville to ECU in the last second.
Here's a list of the 21 2014 signees ECU landed today:
1. Ponte Vedra (FL) inside linebacker Joe Carter: The first official signee for the class, Carter has 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.
2. Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) offensive tackle Kyle Erickson: The first commit for the 2014 class, but the second signee. 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.
3. 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.
4. Beaufort (Lady's 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. Signed with ECU before 8 a.m.
5. Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) outside linebacker Massadiq Walton: The first of two expected commits from Ocean Lakes, Walton is 6-foot-3, 240-pounds and will be a nice addition to ECU's linebacking corps.
6. Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end/inside linebacker Kyron Speller: This talented defensive end committed on Dec. 9 and signed his letter of intent early today. At 6-foot-1, 250-pounds Speller is versatile; he played on the line and standing up at the linebacker position in high school. Coaches may use him at either position at the next level.
7. Knightdale (N.C.) wide receiver Quay Johnson: Quick for the position, Johnson signed with ECU earlier today over ODU, Appalachian State and UNC Charlotte. Coached may elect to red-shirt because of his size at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Ayden-Grifton (Ayden, N.C.) safety Drew Turnage: The closest thing to a local commit, Turnage 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. His speed should help him at the next level.
11. 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.
12. R. B. Glenn (Kernersville, N.C.) defensive end/outside linebacker Yiannis Bowden: Another versatile defensive lineman who can play the linebacker position, Bowden stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 206 pounds. The Pirates will likely red-shirt him in order to add weight and his frame is perfect to do so. Bowden chose ECU over future American Conference opponent Cincinnati.
13. Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Anthony Scott: The top target in the class, Scott has tremendous speed with a sub-4.3 second 40-yard dash. Could be the fastest RB since Chris Johnson.
14. 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.
15. Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) offensive guard Quincy McKinney: Signed with N.C. State out of High School in 2012 before ending up on JUCO route. 6-foot-4, 300-pounds makes McKinney a monster on the line. Committed to Louisville three days ago and switched to ECU today.
16. 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. His 230-pound frame will be easy to build on at the next level.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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 until he gains some weight.
21. 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.
ECU also added two 2014 early enrollees.
Middle Creek (Apex) wide receiver Curtis Burston and New Bern defensive back Cody Purdie will both arrived to campus on Jan. 11. The two are enrolled in classes ans are roommates in the dorms.
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.
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.