ECU recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick has to be happy with where the Pirates stand with their 2015 recruiting class after summer. ECU added five of its now 10 commits to the class since the start of June and things could keep heating up.
The class is currently made up of three defensive backs, two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, two wide receivers and one quarterback. Each player adds a different element to the class and this fall could bring about even more commits.
Here’s a breakdown of the 2015 verbal commits ECU has picked up before it begins its inaugural season of competition in the American Athletic Conference.
2015 ECU Commits
Ayden-Grifton (N.C.) defensive tackle Justin Brown:
The first commit for the 2015 class, Brown could wind up being an impressive nose tackle in the future. UNC Charlotte was the only other school to offer Brown, but schools N.C. State, Clemson and even Georgia have contacted him. He is 6-foot-3 and weighs 319 pounds.
Kettle Run (Nokesville, Va.) defensive end Abu Kai-Kai:
ECU always has success recruiting in Virginia and Abu Kai-Kai is the second commit from Kettle Run in the last two classes. His former teammate, freshman linebacker Kyron Speller, just completed camp with the Pirates. Kai-Kai will need to add weight since he’s only 6-foot-1, 240-pounds, but he’s an impressive defensive end with solid speed.
Shawnee (Ok.) dual-threat quarterback John Jacobs:
ECU has had its troubles with quarterback commits losing two in the class of 2014. John Jacobs seems to be an exception and told us “he’s a man of his word,” which hopefully for ECU means he won’t decommit. Troy, UAB and Arkansas State also offered Jacobs. At 6-foot-1, 210-pounds he brings an impressive dual-threat to the position, his 4.5-second 40-yard dash speaks to his speed.
North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) cornerback Colby Gore:
Speed is no problem for Colby Gore. He’s an impressive defensive back who committed to ECU days before receiving his offer from rival school Marshall. Defensive Coordinator Rick Smith has a solid relationship with Gore. He finished last season with 48 tackles, eight interceptions (three for touchdowns), nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles on defense.
Mauldin (S.C.) wide receiver Taz Richardson:
Junior year was a big one for Taz Richardson he finished with 70 receptions, 1,068 yards and nine touchdowns. He even managed to return one punt for a touchdown. Richardson’s speed allows him to stretch the field and he’ll be a nice addition to the class. He is 6-foot-1, and weighs 180 pounds.
Mundy’s Mill (Jonesboro, Ga.) offensive tackle Darius Anderson:
One of two commits ECU landed from Georgia for the class, Anderson brings college level size to the position. He’s already 6-foot-3, 330-pounds going into his senior season and had offers from Appalachian State, Florida International, James Madison and Arkansas State. He committed to ECU during a visit this summer.
North Augusta (S.C.) offensive tackle/defensive end Victor Johnson:
Another lengthy lineman in the class, Johnson is extremely versatile and uses his 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame to make an impact on whatever line he plays. He pledged to the Pirates on his visit the day after Darius Anderson did the same. Appalachian State was the closest competitor to the Pirates for his commitment.
Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.) wide receiver Justin Strozier (pictured above):
Wide receivers coach Dave Nichol made sure to follow through with Justin Strozier’s recruitment. He offered him and invited him for a summer visit that led to a commitment three days later. He’s 6-foot, 175-pounds and schools Indiana, Georgia State and Tulane all have extended him offers.
Lake Tayler (Norfolk, Va) cornerback Nhyre Quinerly:
Another Virginia product, Quinerly is a talented defensive back. He’ll likely need to add some weight at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, but Quinerly has a tremendous nose for the ball. He pledged to the Pirates over offers from Penn State, Wisconsin, UMass, and James Madison.
Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) safety C.J. Maybin:
The most recent 2015 commit and arguably the most physical specimen in the class for his position, Maybin is a solid safety. He’s 6-foot-4, 195-pounds and is a terror for wide receivers in the middle of the field. He committed to ECU over Syracuse, Rutgers, Ohio, Georgia State, Arkansas State and Florida International.
With the season back in full swing and game days returning, look for ECU to add more faces to the 2015 class in the coming months. Inside ECU Sports will be on top of each commitment throughout the season.