Mundy's Mill HS (Jonesboro, GA) Darius Anderson became East Carolina's newest commit on Friday. The class of 2015 offensive lineman visited Friday and announced his decision on Twitter shortly thereafter.
ECU offensive line coach Brandon Jones and outside linebackers coach Duane Price headed the effort to bring Anderson to Greenville, but plenty of other schools showed interest in him, including a few Conference USA teams.
"The recruitment process been a little stressful, but is going good," said the six-foot, 270-pound Anderson. "I committed to East Carolina, but Georgia Southern, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Kennesaw State & Mercer are showing the most interest."
Jones offered Anderson a few months back after attending one of his spring practices. The two sides got to know one another between then and his June 20 visit.
Anderson's connection with the coaches helped him make the decision. Beyond that, ECU's School of Communications appealed to him as he hopes to study Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. All things considered, it made the decision easier despite the stress of the recruiting process.
"ECU was of my top choices and when I went to go visit me and the coaches all connected," said Anderson. "Their Communication School really fitted me and what I wanted to do later on in life. My parents and I just felt comfortable about the situation."
Anderson doesn't have much set in stone in terms of recruiting plans for the rest of the summer. He noted he may make some more visits depending on his parents' schedule.
The bulk of Anderson's offseason plans revolve around getting out and doing what he can to improve his game. His ultimate goal is to put his team in a position to succeed during his senior season.
"Well knowing we're losing key players, I'm just trying to build my team to become faster and stronger," said Anderson. "Working then extra hard during the summer, the team will benefit in the long run. (I'm) hoping to make it to the playoffs and progressing even though it's one game at a time."
While he's playing offensive tackle at the high school level, many schools are looking to utilize him at the offensive guard position. He's confident his physical skills will make for a smooth transition should that happen.
Anderson's verbal commitment makes him the seventh in his class to pledge to the Pirates. Inside ECU Sports will continue to follow him and his fellow commits as they prepare to bring their services to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.