It was a successful May 2015 to say the least for ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and his coaching staff. The 2015 class is starting to take shape and last month the unit saw three new prospects verbally pledge to the Pirates.
ECU now has five commits for the 2015 class, three defensive linemen, one quarterback and one cornerback. The most recent to commit were Shawnee (OK) quarterback John Jacobs and N. Myrtle Beach (S.C.) cornerback Colby Gore. The two committed the same weekend and have added to the most successful month of 2015 recruiting ECU has seen yet.
With summer about to get into full swing, ECU will be hot on the recruiting trail which could lead to more prospects pledging to the Pirates.
Here are some of the top 2015 targets ECU is looking at right now:
2015 Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) athlete Jahque Alleyne: Ocean Lakes is a school that ECU has had recruiting success with. The Pirates had a 2014 commit in defensive end Massadiq Walton, a friend of Alleyne's, who has told him about ECU. Alleyne plans to visit ECU soon and his visit could lead to some more interest.
Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) defensive end Kirk Livingstone: ECU has added plenty of defensive linemen already, but Kirk Livingstone is one to look out for. He likes ECU and is planning to visit this summer once he figures out a date with offensive line coach Brandon Jones. Vanderbilt is thought by most to be his current leader, but Livingstone mentioned his recruitment is open. A successful ECU visit could be a big deal for his recruitment.
2015 North Davidson (Lexington, N.C.) athlete Khylil Miller: The Pirates like Miller a lot. He is a talented athlete on both sides of the ball, but defensive coordinator Rick Smith has told him he would like to have him as a defensive back. Miller is looking forward to learning about ECU and the Pirates remain his only offer. He will attend one of ECU's camps this summer.
JUCO (Arizona Western College) offensive tackle Glen Bethel: ECU's coaching staff loves to add offensive line depth from the junior college level. Glen Bethel from Arizona Western has nice size at 6-foot-5, 295-pounds and has been hearing from ECU a lot. He has an offer from the Pirates.
2015 Notre Dame (Chattanooga, TN) defensive back Kareem Orr: A talented defensive back that defensive coordinator Rick Smith is impressed with, Orr may be a name to watch for. He visited for the Purple-Gold spring game in April and admitted it raised his interest level in the Pirates. Orr also went on to say he will stay in contact with ECU and look into what it has to offer.
JUCO (Mesa C.C.) offensive tackle Brandon Pertile: Another name to watch for this summer. Pertile pick up his offer from offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who paid him a visit in Arizona in early May. The lone 2014 quarterback commit for ECU Blake Kemp is good friends with Pertile and it could help him lean toward a commitment this summer.
2015 Wake Forest (N.C.) running back Bryce Love: Running back is a position that generally hasn't seen early commitments for ECU. The 2015 class is no exception. The Pirates have yet to add a commit and really have yet to see a lot of interest from prospects at the position. Bryce Love is ECU's top running back target at the moment, but with SEC and ACC schools on his trail it could be a long shot.