ECU is preparing for its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference and with August finally here the Pirates have an opportunity to make a push on some of their top targets.
Fall’s return means ECU can now send written offers to seniors. Between now and Signing Day, which falls on the first Wednesday in February, ECU will likely take advantage of this and its game day visits in order to lock up its top targets. While a lot more offers aren’t likely to go out, the Pirates can use the written offers to their advantage with the 2015 class.
So far the 2015 class has ten verbal commits consisting of one quarterback, two wide receivers, two offensive linemen, three defensive linemen and two defensive backs.
Running back is still the biggest area of concern for the class moving forward. Here are some of the top targets ECU will likely send written offers to this fall.
Garner (N.C.) running back Nyheim Hines:
With the pursuit of running back target Bryce Love seeming like an improbability, ECU has Hines as its current No. 1 target. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Hines is likely just as big of a longshot as Love was. He has Clemson, Duke, Carolina, Florida and Georgia as his tops schools each of which have offered. ECU will probably push for Hines to make a game day visit.
Largo (Fla.) safety Johnathan Crawford:
With two defensive backs committed for the class, ECU may not need another prospect to pledge at the position. With that being said, the Pirates are actively pursuing safety Johnathan Crawford. He already has a verbal offer which will likely soon turn into a written one. Since ECU didn’t make Crawford’s recent top 6 schools, don’t be surprised if the Pirates turn up the heat on his recruitment.
South Central (Winterville, N.C.) running back Shawn Furlow:
Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and linebackers coach John Wiley may be the closest to landing ECU a running back commit for the class in Shawn Furlow. He is considering ECU heavily and has visited close to ten times. The Pirates have already extended him a verbal offer, but the written one could be on the way shortly. Furlow will visit campus for multiple games this fall.
Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) safety/outside linebacker C.J. Maybin:
Not many prospects have the skill set and size Maybin has which could be why ECU has him as a top 2015 target. The Pirates verbally offered him back in May, but a written offer should be on the way soon. At 6-foot-4, 195-pounds Maybin will be a physical specimen at the next level, look for ECU to host him for a game day visit.
Middle Creek (Apex, N.C.) defensive end Terry Patterson:
Patterson is a prospect ECU will pursue heavily and his location makes it easier. Don’t be surprised if the Pirates already have a written offer in the mail for Patterson. Other schools to offer him include UNC Charlotte, Georgia Southern, James Madison and Old Dominion showing.