ECU Legacy Takes Game Day Visit

2016 Davie (Mocksville, N.C.) athlete Cade Carney grew up watching ECU and his father played for the Pirates. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his visit for the game against UNC Chapel Hill in September and his offer.

Cade Carney grew up a Pirate fan and is the definition of a legacy to ECU. His father, Carl Carney, played defensive lineman for the Pirates from 1985-1990 and his sister started her freshman year at ECU this fall. It’s fitting that Carney received an ECU offer over summer and has since visited the school.

He decided to stop by ECU for its Sep. 20 matchup against the UNC Chapel Hill Tar Heels, a contest that was completely one-sided in favor of the Pirates 70-41.

“I had been to ECU games growing up but never as a recruit,” said the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Carney. “It was different and such a blast. I got to talk with (head coach) Ruffin McNeill right before the game started. It was the best game I had ever watched there by far because of the way the crowd and the atmosphere was.”

Carney has witnessed ECU beat top tier teams before, he attended the Pirates’ wins over West Virginia and Virginia Tech growing up. Unlike most recruits he wasn’t shocked by the outcome of the game, instead Carney expected it. He mentioned he keeps up with ECU’s roster on a regular basis and he was confident in the Pirates ability to take it to the Tar Heels.

Right now Carney holds offers from Georgia Tech, ECU, N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest. Despite being focused on the season he mentioned he will take a visit to Georgia Tech in the next couple of weeks along with Virginia Tech.

A strained medial collateral ligament has kept Carney sidelined for three games this season and has effected his statistics. However, schools will be happy to hear Carney returned to action last week and feels healthy enough to take off his knee brace soon.

Carney is extremely versatile on the football field. In the past two seasons for Davie he has played quarterback, defensive back, defensive line, wide receiver and his main position running back. ECU wants him as a safety, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest would like him to play running back, and Carolina and N.C. State are recruiting him as an athlete.

It’s clear Carney has no problem playing at whatever position he is asked as long as it helps his team accomplish its goals of a conference championship and a playoff run.

While there is still plenty of time left in his recruitment Carney has thought about the commitment process.

“I’d like to know where I’m going to play by the start of senior year,” said Carney. “Nothing is set in stone, it could be earlier or later, but I want to at least have my list narrowed down by then. My coach told me schools could come around in late spring so who knows what could happen.”


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