ECU still remains the only school to offer athlete Xavier Nickens-Yzer from Centreville High School in Clifton, Va. The talented prospect is a big fan of the Pirates, so much so, he tried to pledge to ECU last week.
“I called (defensive line) Coach (Marc) Yellock the other day and tried to commit,” said the 6-foot, 180-pound Nickens-Yzer. “He told me they were full on commits for the class.”
Nickens-Yzer isn’t the first recruit to try and commit before realizing it may not be an option. The Pirates have done the same thing with multiple recruits in past classes. While Nickens-Yzer mentioned he was disappointed, he isn’t losing hope on other teams.
It’s important that he doesn’t lose hope in ECU either, the Pirates have told recruits no before, only to have a spot open up later in the class or in some cases have a player come in as a walk-on.
Despite not being able to commit to ECU, Nickenz-Yzeris hard at work to make more programs notice him.
Miami, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Marshall, Virginia, Connecticut and Mississippi State have all reached out to Nickens-Yzer. Whether they will extend offers could be determined based on his performance this season.
Nickens-Yzer’s team has struggled to start the season a bit and injuries have plagued them early on, but he believes this presents an opportunity for him.
“I’m the only running back left so now it’s really my time to shine,” said Nickens-Yzer. “With my other teammates out I feel like it’s my job to keep moving forward, no east and west, just north and south. When running I need to get the easy four yards instead of the flashy four or five, if that makes sense.”
Miami has told Nickens-Yzer that is he performs well when his team plays on national television (ESPN) they will likely offer. With ECU still not having a running back commit for the 2015 class, he could be a name to watch out for moving forward.