Recruiting Breakdown: Offensive Linemen

ECU’s recruiting is strong in regards to the number of offensive linemen commits the Pirate have landed in the last two classes. Inside ECU Sports has a breakdown of the targets the Pirates are still interested in at the guard and tackle positions.

ECU offensive line coach Brandon Jones has been proactive for head coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff with the last two recruiting classes. Jones landed seven offensive linemen in the 2014 class, all of which have enrolled in summer classes.

ECU has two offensive tackles committed for 2015 class already in Mundy’s Mill’s (Ga.) Darius Anderson and North Augusta’s (S.C.) Victor Johnson. The coaching staff is still pursuing other prospects.

Here are some of the 2015 offensive lineman targets ECU may contact heading into the fall.

Guards

North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.) offensive guard R. J. Harris:

Defensive coordinator Rick Smith leads Harris’ recruitment. Schools like Army, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic and South Florida have offered. Harris planned to visit ECU before summer is over and has an offer from the Pirates.

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, but it was a dead period. Eakins was impressed with his visit and mentioned he will look forward to hearing from coach Jones.

Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) offensive guard Joseph Legg:

6-foot-4, 300-pounds is what Legg brings to the table size-wise. No offers yet but schools are beginning to talk with him including ECU. It could be due to the fact that Legg attended ECU’s Junior Day back in February. Look for the Pirates to pick up the contact with Legg.

Tackles

Hoboken (NJ) offensive tackle Daniel Clifford:

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 heading into the fall.

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.

JUCO (Arizona Western) offensive tackle Glen Bethel:

Recruiting hasn’t been the biggest priority for Bethel. Despite him only visiting one school in recent memory he is collecting offers. ECU offered him which isn’t surprising given the staff’s belief in recruiting from the JUCO level. Bethel could be one of multiple JUCO recruits ECU invites to campus this fall.

JUCO (Mesa C.C.) offensive tackle Brandon Pertile:

Pertile pick up his offer from offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who paid him a visit in Arizona in early May when seeing a quarterback commit. The lone 2014 quarterback commit for ECU Blake Kemp is good friends with Pertile their rekatoinship could play a role in his decision. Pertile has offers from Buffalo, Memphis, South Florida, UAB and ECU.


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