Under offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s “Air Raid” spread offense, wide receivers are among the most dynamic players for East Carolina. The system has allowed for younger players to step up early on in their collegiate careers—much like Isaiah Jones and Davon Grayson did last season as freshmen.
To say the least, ECU puts plenty of effort into recruiting wide receivers. Cartersville’s (Ga.) Justin Strozier, Mauldin’s (S.C) Taz Richardson and Hanahan’s (S.C.) Terrell Green make up the three receivers to have already pledged to the Pirates.
Before all’s said and done, ECU still has some receivers on the radar. Inside ECU Sports breaks down some of the others that are being targeted.
Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD) wide receiver Keon Paye
Good Counsel has a tradition of producing some remarkable athletes. Back in 2009, Jelani Jankins, who now plays for the Miami Dolphins, was ranked by Scout as the seventh-best overall player. Paye, the 80th-ranked receiver in his class, is among the top recruiting targets left for ECU. He’s a versatile athlete that has impressed at both the receiver position, but also on the defensive side of the ball at cornerback. He’s quick and moves well with great control of his speed and direction. As it stands now, he only holds offers from ECU, Maryland, Towson, West Virginia and North Carolina.
Lake Braddock Secondary (Burke, Va.) wide receiver A.J. Alexander
Alexander has accumulated a total of 19 offers. He’s getting a lot of love in North Carolina. UNC, ECU and Wake Forest have all offered him, but he’s garnered plenty of attention from bigger programs across the nation. Among them are Ohio State, Wisconsin and Miami (Fl), He broke out as a sophomore when he pulled in 75 catches for 741 yards and four touchdowns. Since then, he’s established himself as a strong receiver. At 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds, he’s able to use his body to his advantage both before and after the catch.
Lake Nona (Orlando, Fla.) wide receiver Deondre Farrier
Farrier has collected a dozen offers thus far. A good amount of his recruitment has come from within his home state of Florida. Miami (Fl), Florida, South Florida and Central Florida have all shown interest in his services. He also ranks in the top-100 for his position. With Shane Carden as the signal caller, ECU’s offense doesn’t call for too many deep passes. Grayson was one of the only consistent options as a deep threat last season until he was injured. Farrier’s speed allows him to beat the opposing secondary while his above-average size (6-foot-0, 175 pounds) gives him another advantage. He’s built on his performance year after year, so expect ECU to pursue him heavily should he top his junior-year performance (55 catches, 909 yards, seven touchdowns).