ECU offensive line coach Brandon Jones hosted offensive line prospects at ECU last weekend in order to get a closer look at some 2016 talent. One of those invited to work out was South Iredell center Alex Gourley who impressed coaches with his performance.
Despite being viewed as "undersized" length-wise for the center position, Gourley can hold his own against even the toughest defensive linemen. During his workout at ECU he went 10-0 in 1-on-1 drills, he also got to spend some time with head coach Ruffin McNeill.
"We arrived at ECU and saw video of the ECU vs. UNC game," said the 6-foot-1, 275-pound Gourley. "Then Coach McNeill spoke, he's a wonderful speaker and inspiring man. Then I got to go out on the field and do drills with (offensive line) coach Jones, he's a phenomenal coach."
Gourley's interest in ECU is rising, especially after his visit. His aunt went to graduate school at ECU which has given him a respect for the school. He mentioned he respected all of the coaches before his visit, but meeting them in person was a great experience. He also went on to say working with coach Jones was special.
It's hard to believe Gourley has yet to land a Division-I offer, but there's no reason to believe he won't have one soon. ECU is one of the schools that could be soon to offer.
"Coach Jones said I was on the list," said Gourley. "He doesn't usually offer true centers, but he said he was seriously considering me. He mentioned he would have to evaluate things and let me know."
Gourley has been hard on the recruiting trail for the past couple of weeks and isn't slowing down. Next he will take a trip out to Utah to check out Bringham Young University. Offensive line coach Garett Tujague has been in contact with Gourley's Father about camp since freshman year. Gourley is hopeful about BYU since the program has recruited centers his size in the past.
Summer will continue to be a busy time for Gourley and the fall will be the same way. He mentioned he will try to make it to ECU for a game day experience and that coach Jones will be coming to Statesville to watch him play a game his junior season.