“Recruiting never stops, it’s going on right now,” said ECU recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick.
With Media Day over and fall camp in full swing, ECU continues to stay focused on what it needs in the recruiting game. The fall is always an important time for a coaching staff to lock up commitments and ECU is planning game day visits for kids they would like to add to the program.
The home games will once again be where the money is made for recruiting. Last year the Pirates had close to five commits pledge during a game day visit.
“We have four Saturday home games and those are going to be prime,” said Kirkpatrick. “We have two Thursday night games which are hard to get kids here for, so Saturdays are going to be huge. We’ll host some 2016 kids, some 2017 kids, but we’ll have a great group of 2015 kids for all four of those home games.”
Last year ECU made as huge recruiting push just before Signing Day. The coaches went across the southeastern part of the country and as far as northern Virginia trying to gain commitments for the 2014 class.
It seems as though the rules on when and where coaches can talk to recruits changes hourly. With that being said, the Pirate coaching staff knows it will have ample opportunities to get out on the road between now and Signing Day.
“We have three open days this year that will allow us to get coaches out to see high school games,” said Kirkpatrick. “It’s tough sometimes to make it to those. This year’s open dates will give us a variety of chances to speak with teachers, get transcripts and hopefully stay for an entire game. The open days spread the season out a bit, but it helps recruiting.”
The open days Kirkpatrick is referring to fall after the three Thursday night games the Pirates have scheduled this season.
Ten recruits have pledged to ECU for the 2015 class so far. The coaches have earned commitments from one quarterback, two wide receivers, two offensive linemen, three defensive linemen and two defensive backs.
Ten is a low number compared to what ECU landed as a class in 2014. Kirkpatrick and his staff know there is more work to be done and key dates will help the Pirates earn more verbals.
“That Thursday night game to end the season against Central Florida on ESPN will be a huge official visit weekend,” said Kirkpatrick. “Any mid-year kid, and we have four of them, we’ll host. There may be a couple more we have out for the game, but either way that’ll be a great time for an official visit when you have a nationally televised game going on. It’s going to be a big fall.”