ECU has been a prominent part of 2016 running back standout Cade Carney's life. The multitalented athlete from Davie County High School in Mocksville, N.C. has lineage at ECU and received an offer from the Pirates last week.
"ECU has been my team since day one," said the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Carney. "Both my parents went there, my dad played football there as well. We've had season tickets since I was a kid. I will be considering ECU for the long run."
It's safe to say Carney is a legacy at ECU. His father was a lineman in 1985, if that's not enough, Cade's sister will start her freshman year at ECU this fall as well.
Needless to say it wouldn't be a huge shocker if Cade ends up following suit by heading to ECU in two years. He mentioned he loves spending time at ECU and attending home games growing up has been a great experience. This fall won't be different; Carney plans to attend at least a few more home games.
Defensive coordinator Rick Smith gave Carney his offer and assured him it isn't going anywhere. Like most schools, ECU has recruited him at defensive back. At Davie last season Carney saw most of his time at running back, but also played wide receiver and quarterback. Safety is a position he is practicing for again, the last time he played defensive back was in middle school.
Whether he played safety all of last season or not, Smith and the Pirate coaching staff are very excited about Carney. The two parties have talked about a visit during the fall for Carney to meet more coaches.
Carney originally planned to camp at ECU, but had to call it off when he wasn't at 100 percent with a hand injury. He did however make it to camp at Clemson, Georgia Tech and Duke and will take his last camp trip of the summer to North Carolina soon.
Georgia Tech, N.C. State, North Carolina and Wake Forest are the other schools to offer Carney.