East Carolina currently ranks as the top destination for Jacksonville (Fla.) Atlantic Coast High School 2015 athlete Hasan Defense. He has yet to receive an offer, but is intent on improving his relationship with the Pirates.
“(My relationship with ECU) is alright,” said Defense. “I feel like it needs to grow a little more. I think I’m going to go up there around maybe the end of July to go visit the campus. One of my friends, (2015 offensive guard) Deion Eakins, went up there and he said he really liked it. So, I talked to the coach and scheduled a time to get up there.”
Defense also hopes to make it to Greenville in the fall for a football game to check out the game-day environment. He isn’t sure which game he wants to visit for, but with the likes of North Carolina and Central Florida visiting Dowdy-Ficklen, there are plenty of options.
With the ability to play both wide receiver and cornerback, Defense is exactly the kind of versatile competitor that the Pirates are looking for.
“I’m a pretty athletic player,” said the 6-foot-half inch, 180-pound Defense. “I have pretty good size for a corner, but at wide receiver I’m about average size. I have long arms and have a 37-inch (vertical jump).”
Being a versatile player obviously appeals to scouts, but it also helps Defense in that it allows them to see him on more touches.
“When it comes to recruiting, it’s about where you’re seen the most,” said Defense. “When a coach comes out to see my team and he sees me playing both sides of the ball, every coach is going to want a player that has stamina and he is going to play wherever the coach needs him to play. It helps me show coaches I’m versatile.”
Defense currently holds offers from Louisville, Northwestern, South Alabama, Alcorn State and Coastal Carolina. Kansas State, Iowa State and Florida are a few other programs that have shown him some interest, in addition to ECU.
Location will factor into Defense’s decision, but it doesn’t hold too much weight. He feels that Greenville isn’t too far from his Jacksonville, Fla. home.
“I plan on going far, but not too far,” Defense said. “I always want my parents to be able to come support me when I feel like I’m getting down in college. I know I’m not always going to be a the top of my game, so if I feel like I need some kind of support, I want my family to be able to come and support me and see me play.”
Defense will spend the rest of the summer preparing for his senior season. The recruitment of this two-way player should gather some more momentum as the season approaches, so stay tuned to Inside ECU Sports.