A few days after Ruffin McNeill confirmed that the Pirates had landed Virginia Tech transfer running back Chris Mangus, who will be eligible to play next fall in compliance to NCAA transfer rules, three-star tailback Shawn Furlow announced his commitment to ECU.
“I was thinking about committing all week and was talking with my coach about it,” said the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Furlow. “I made the decision to commit to ECU when (associate head coach) John Wiley came to see me at my school yesterday. I told him I was committing to the Pirates.”
Furlow was a top target for the class of 2015 and his commitment has to be a weight off of the shoulders for the coaching staff that has long sought after a commitment for the position. Last year the Pirates had to wait until Signing Day for their only running back commit, Anthony Scott, who has seen considerable action as a true freshman.
After rushing for more than 1,600 yards at nearby South Central High School (Winterville, N.C.) in 2013, Furlow is off to a fast start in his senior campaign. He is the 12th commitment of ECU’s 2015 recruiting class and the first running back.
Furlow chose the Pirates over scholarship offers from Syracuse, Louisville, Clemson, Old Dominion and Wake Forest among others. ECU was proactive with him early on in his recruitment.
“I chose ECU because of my bond with the coaches and players,” said Furlow. “Going through the process I built the relationship before I even visited and that set them apart. I’ve built a great relationship with (head coach) Ruffin McNeill. The team is winning and it’s a great school and educational program.”
When asked if another school could shake up his recruitment Furlow mentioned he is fully committed to the Pirates. He will join the team in the summer after he graduates with his classmates.