East Carolina recently became one of 17 schools to offer 2015 Creekside (Jacksonville, Fla.) wide receiver Rashad Blunt. Even with a laundry list of schools seeking his services, ECU has found a way to stand out.
While on the recruiting trail in Florida, defensive coordinator Rick Smith visited Trinity Christian in Jacksonville. After extending an offer to his friend, offensive guard Deion Eakins, Smith paid Blunt a visit at Creekside.
"Coach Rick Smith came down and he offered one of my friends at Trinity Christian," said Blunt. "Then, on his way out of Jacksonville, he stopped by Creekside because he had heard a little about me. We just talked right after I finished working out. He told me he was really impressed with me and told me he was going to follow up with me."
It wasn't even two weeks later when Smith called Blunt with a scholarship offer.
Blunt considers ECU among his top-five options. The Pirates will be competing with the likes of the ACC and Big 12 for this talented prospect, though.
"A lot of different schools are talking to me," said Blunt. "Some are more interested than others. Others have offered me and never talked to me again. My frontrunner right now is probably Pittsburgh."
Blunt has family ties to the ACC. His father, Rodney Blunt, was a running back at Clemson in the early 1990s. In fact, a visit to his father's alma mater is among his summer plans.
"I've already visited Miami," noted Blunt. "Next weekend I'll be going to Clemson. I'm supposed to visit ECU in July unless something changes. I'll be visiting Pittsburgh at the end of June."
Florida is generally considered a hotbed for fast, athletic players. He's a quick receiver with a 40 time just over the 4.50 mark, but that's not necessarily what he considers the strongest aspect of his game.
"I like to think of myself as very physical," said the 6-foot-0, 180- pound Blunt. "I pride myself in my blocking. I think that's the best part of my game. I also have great hands. That's the kind of player I am."
Blunt finished his junior campaign with 27 receptions for 343 yards and five touchdowns. Between that performance last year and the goals he's set for himself this year, he's set the bar high for himself.
"I want to make the Super 24 in Jacksonville," said Blunt. Every year, the Times-Union ranks the area's best senior prospects. "Then I want to be an all-state senior," he added. "I want to go for 900 yards, too."
Blunt has garnered nationwide attention already and is poised to make an impact as a senior. He's excited to see how his recruitment develops, as is everyone else. ECU will continue to keep in contact with him between now and when he decides where he's going to end up.
"I really like ECU's head coach (Ruffin McNeill)," said Blunt. "He's really cool and old school…a lot of these coaches stay in contact with me. I'm excited to see how everything pans out."