2015 ECU Targets

With Signing Day 2014 in the rearview mirror ECU has its sights set on recruits for the 2015 class. Inside ECU Sports has a look at some of the top targets the Pirates are after.

ECU used its 2014 class to add depth at the positions it desperately needed.

The two positions that added the most depth were at offensive line and wide receiver – each had seven 2014 signees. ECU also added a multitude of fast defensive linemen with good size and versatility, some of which will see time at the linebacker position as well.

With those positions addressed, it's time to start thinking about what the Pirate coaching staff will be looking to add with the 2015 class.

The quarterback position will likely be the most important for the 2015 class. The Pirates saw three 2014 signal-callers flip their decisions leaving them with no quarterback signees. Look for the coaches to extend multiple offers at this position with starting quarterback Shane Carden coming into his senior season.

Another top target position will be at running back. Green Run (Virginia Beach, Va.) running back Anthony Scott was the only 2014 running back the Pirates signed. While he was the top target for the class, ECU will likely be after more running backs for 2015.

ECU will also continue to focus on building its secondary for defensive coordinator Rick Smith and likely try to add some defensive tackles – especially after the car accident defensive end/nose tackle Terrell Stanley was in earlier this week. Stanley is in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center.

Here's a list of some top targets ECU has been looking at for the 2015 class:

Wake Forest-Rolesville (N.C.) running back Bryce Love: Probably ECU's top target, Love is an all-purpose back with decent size at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds. He already has an offer from the Pirates, but also has offers from programs like Ohio State, Clemson and the list goes on. His game-changing ability comes from his speed, Love runs a 4.3 second 40-yard dash.

Southern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) running back Reggie Gallaspy: Another top target for the Pirates, Gallaspy is receiving a ton of attention from college programs. He has an offer from ECU, but also from all of the in-state ACC schools. Defensive coordinator Rick Smith and running backs coach Kirk Doll are in charge of his recruitment.

Southern (Durham, N.C.) pro-style quarterback Kendall Hinton: ECU's current No.1 quarterback target for the 2015 class, Hinton received his offer Dec. 3. He was named to the 2013 All-Metro team by the News & Observer and also holds offers from Appalachian State, Duke and N.C. State.

New Bern (N.C.) cornerback Mike Hughes: Teammate of 2014 ECU signee safety Cody Purdie, Hughes is a talented defensive back. He's 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and receiving a ton of attention from SEC schools. Hughes visited ECU Nov. 9, 2013 and also had offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley pay him a visit Jan. 28, 2014. He may be a long shot as the Florida Gators lead in his interest currently.

Concord (N.C.) running back Rocky Reid: At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds Reid brings decent size to the position. Of all the running back targets listed for the class, ECU currently has the best chance at landing him. His other offers include Ohio and UNC Charlotte. Reid visited ECU on Nov. 9, 2013 and received his offer from offensive line coach Brandon Jones on Feb. 1, 2014.

Middle Creek (Apex, N.C.) defensive tackle Terry Patterson: Teammate of ECU's top 2014 wide receiver signee Curtis Burston, Patterson is a force on the defensive line. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 270 pounds. His only offer is from the Pirates, but Boston College, Duke and N.C. State have been in contact. Patterson attended ECU's Junior Day on Feb. 1, 2014 where he received his offer.

Eastern Guilford (Gibsonville, N.C.) wide receiver Jarius Morehead: ECU's current No.1 wide receiver target, Morehead received his offer from defensive coordinator Rick Smith. He's six feet tall and weighs 180 pounds bringing decent size to the position. N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and UNC Charlotte have also extended offers his way.

Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.) offensive tackle Ryan Matson: Great size at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds Matson is a talented offensive lineman. He holds offers from UNC Charlotte, ECU and Tennessee but has yet to visit any of the three.

South Central (Winterville, N.C.) running back Shawn Furlow: Attended ECU's Junior Day on Feb. 1, Furlow likes the Pirates. He is 5-foot-10, 180 pounds and had a laundry list of offers stacking up. In-state schools Duke and UNC Chapel Hill have both offered along with Purdue and UNC Charlotte among others. Furlow visited ECU Nov. 16, 2013 and enjoyed his time on campus.

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) safety/wide receiver/ cornerback Jahque Alleyne: Received his ECU offer last month along with an offer from West Virginia. Alleyne is a talented athlete and is from the same school 2014 ECU signee Massadiq Walton attended. Linebackers coach John Wiley gave him his offer and will likely stay in contact. Alleyne's offers include UNC Charlotte, ECU, Old Dominion and West Virginia.

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 (2013) for the first time and an offer could come soon depending on how he performed at ECU's Junior Day on Feb. 1.

Millbrook (N.C.) wide receiver Jonte Leaston: Attended ECU's Junior Day on Feb. 1, Leaston is a talented wide out with nice length at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds. He's being looked at by Appalachian State, Duke, Kansas, Massachusetts and ECU.

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 and attended ECU's Junior Day on Feb.1

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