Jones Talks Pirates

East Carolina already has one quarterback commit in the class, but the Pirates have their eyes on others, too. Inside ECU Sports spoke with 2015 South Florence (S.C.) QB Nick Jones about his recruitment.

East Carolina already has one quarterback commit in Shawnee (OK) signal-caller John Jacobs, but may be looking to add another in the class of 2015 as the Pirates have shown interest in Nick Jones.

Jones has yet to be offered by any of the schools recruiting him, but they're paying close attention. South Carolina, Clemson, Missouri, Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern and Citadel are all programs that have also shown interest in the 2015 South Florence (S.C.) quarterback.

A lot this attention is a direct result of Jones' breakout performance during his junior season. He finished the season with just under 3,000 passing yards and 37 touchdowns. He's admittedly a pass-first quarterback, but he proved his versatility last season with another 13 rushing touchdowns.

“It was pretty spectacular,” said Jones of his junior campaign. “I led my team to its first ever unbeaten regular season. We went 12-1 after losing in the second round, unfortunately... We played pretty well as a unit last year. I'm looking forward to building on that and continuing our success this year.”

It's going to be tough for Jones' squad to follow up on last season's success, though. South Florence has lost some of its key players, but Jones is confident in his team. He's been working to get into a position for success once again.

“We just recently had a player transfer,” said the 6-foot, 205-pound quarterback. “We lost one of our slot receivers, so now we're working hard to build chemistry with some of our younger receivers who are now forced to step up.”

As for next season, Jones' personal goals include surpassing the 3,000-yard marker while throwing less than 10 interceptions. He knows that many coaches will be waiting to see how he plays early on in his senior season before offering.

ECU has had its eye on Jones for a little while now. It wasn't very far into last season that he caught the attention of the Pirates. He was hoping to visit last year, but wasn't able to arrange it. He's excited to see the Pirates in action this season, though.

“(ECU) started recruiting me a little bit early in the season last year,” said Jones. “I couldn't get in contact with the coaches to go visit because I wanted to attend one of the games. But, every time I called, I'd go to voicemail. I'm looking forward to going to visit this fall and watching them play and getting to meet the coaches and staff.

Jones was hoping ECU would host South Carolina this year, but the game will be played in Columbia this year. However, with the likes of North Carolina and Central Florida stopping through Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this fall, he'll have plenty of exciting games to check out.

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