The same week ECU picked up its first running back commit for the 2015 class it offered one for next year’s class. Forestview running back Moe Neal heard from his coach earlier this week the Pirates offered him.
The talented tailback is hearing from a wide range of schools as a result of his impressive play. Through four games this season with Neal already is averaging 222 all-purpose yards a game for Forestview to go along with 12 total touchdowns. He is also averaging 8.5 yards a carry.
Neal already has a laundry list of offers highlighted by schools Mississippi State, Boston College, Duke, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Wake Forest. ECU is the most recent school to extend him an offer and Neal is very familiar with the Pirates and a star linebacker on the team.
“I’ve been watching ECU play,” said the 5-foot-10, 165 pound Neal. “I have a good friend Zeek Bigger who went to Ashbrook our cross town rival. He played with my older brother and we’re close with him. I’ve been watching him all his years at ECU and they’re on the move. I’m glad they hit Carolina like that, ECU is impressive.”
While he doesn’t have a contact number for any of the coaching staff yet, Neal mentioned he’s sure he’ll speak with ECU soon. His goal is to build a relationship with head coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff that will hopefully lead to a visit and tour of campus.
Right now all of the schools offering Neal would love to have his playmaking ability. He has a dangerous combination of hands and speed, but moving forward Neal believes he only has room to improve.
“I mainly play running back,” said Neal. “I was more slot receiver, but now I’m going to play both. I’m fast with good vision and am good in the open field. I’m working on getting bigger and stronger, because coaches say I’ll have to in order to be an every down back at the next level.”