ECU's 2015 class is filling up and the Pirates added their second wide receiver in Justin Strozier Monday. The talented wide receiver and his ability to stretch the field impressed coaches last fall and ECU made sure he knew the coaching staff wanted him.
The Pirates hosted Strozier for a visit last weekend and he credited the experience with solidifying his decision.
"It felt like home," said the 6-foot, 175-pound Strozier. "It was great environment and (wide receivers) coach (Dave) Nichol and I built a relationship over the past month. When I talked to (head coach) Ruffin McNeill he told me where I would be in the offense they run and how things really worked. We spoke about more than just football."
The tour of the stadium was the cherry on top of a near perfect visit for Strozier and he committed right after the weekend was over.
After making his decision, Strozier feels a weight has been lifted off of his shoulders. He will now focus more on his upcoming senior season and what comes with that.
Strozier is the stereotypical deep-ball threat. Last season he played in nine games for Woodland catching 58 passes for 933 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged over 15 yards a reception and will look to increase that number this fall.
Right now Strozier still has potential for bigger programs to show interest. He mentioned it would take a lot for him to de-commit from ECU, but he may visit other schools in the fall. The early enrollment process is something Strozier is also considering. He feels it may be a good idea to get to his school of choice earlier in order to get acclimated.
Weight training is a daily activity for Strozier this summer. He is working to fine-tune his game and mentioned footwork is the number one focus right now.
Barring a de-commitment, Strozier could arrive to ECU as early as January 2015.