July Recruiting Update

ECU’s current recruiting dead period ends in two days and the Pirates are set for another push on the 2015 class. Inside ECU sports has a look at some top targets ECU will pursue when recruiting starts back up.

ECU is in the last days of another recruiting dead period. On July 14 coaches will be allowed to communicate with potential recruits and make one last push on the 2015 class before putting all hands on deck for the season.

When the restrictions are lifted and communication between coaches and recruits opens back up plenty of in-state and out-of-state recruits will be hearing from the Pirate coaching staff. With ten spots already filled for the 2015 class ECU will begin to target specific positions.

The number one priority for ECU’s coaching staff is adding a running back commit. The Pirates have yet to land a commit at the running back position for the 2015 class – this could partly be a result of spread offense they run.

The 2015 class has nine commits consisting of one quarterback, two wide receivers, two offensive linemen, three defensive linemen and one defensive back. Fall game days present a perfect opportunity for ECU to host more recruits for visits.

Here are some 2015 targets ECU will continue to pursue when the dead period ends in two days.

Wake Forest-Rolesville (N.C.) running back Bryce Love:

ECU’s current No.1 overall target. Love brings an impressive combination of playmaking ability and athleticism with his game. He’s being heavily pursued by schools like Florida, N.C. State, Stanford, Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and the list goes on. Love is still seen as a long shot for ECU to land.

South Central (Winterville, N.C.) running back Shawn Furlow:

Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and linebackers coach John Wiley have done a great job with Furlow’s recruitment. He is considering ECU heavily and has visited close to ten times. Furlow may be the answer for ECU’s question at the running back position for this class – a lot like running back Anthony Scott from Green Run was for the 2014 class.

Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) offensive guard Deion Eakins:

The most recent recruit to take a visit to ECU, Eakins is a fan of the Pirates. While he took an unofficial visit with his family, Eakins has been trying to contact his recruiter offensive line coach Brandon Jones. Eakins was impressed with his visit and mentioned he will look forward to hearing from coach Jones when the dead period is over.

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) athlete Jahque Alleyne:

The Oregon Ducks recently offered Alleyne which could shake things up, but he remains a top target for ECU. Linebackers coach John Wiley and defensive coordinator Rick Smith are big fans of Alleyne’s athletic ability. He will likely make it out to ECU for a game day visit this fall. Kentucky, UNC Charlotte, James Madison and Marshall have all extended offers to Alleyne.

Middle Creek (Apex, N.C.) defensive end Terry Patterson:

ECU has had success with Middle Creek in the past, arguably its most talented wide receiver commit for the 2014 class in Curtis Burston played there. Patterson is a prospect ECU will pursue heavily once the dead period is over. With schools like UNC Charlotte, Georgia Southern, James Madison and Old Dominion showing him a lot of interest the Pirates see an opportunity to add another defensive line commit.

Hoboken (NJ) offensive tackle Daniel Clifford:

Not the stereotypical recruit for ECU being that he is from New Jersey, but Clifford is a top tackle target for the Pirates. He took a visit to ECU in June to work out for offensive line coach Brandon Jones. Whether coach Jones was impressed with his workout will ultimately decide how much attention Clifford gets once the dead period is over.

Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.) offensive tackle Ryan Matson:

An absolute physical specimen at 6-foot-6, 320-pounds Matson is another top target for offensive line coach Brandon Jones. He holds offers from UNC Charlotte, Tennessee and ECU. Not much is known about whether Matson will contact ECU or stop by for a visit this fall.

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