Overton is a last name that has been penciled into East Carolina sports history. Junior Montese Overton is currently a starting linebacker and his mother, Sandra Grace, lettered on ECU’s women’s basketball team from 1988-91.
Now the Pirates have offered Diondre Overton, Montese’s little brother, a nearly 6-foot-6 200-pound wide receiver standout from Page High School in Greensboro, N.C. who is a nightmare to cover on the football field and basketball court.
“My whole family has revolved around ECU and going there has been a tradition,” said Overton. “I hear a lot from ECU and received my offer from defensive coordinator Rick Smith last week. ECU is going to be in my recruitment for the long run.”
Overton’s recruitment has taken off in recent weeks. The Pirates offered him last week on the same day the Clemson Tigers extended him an offer. Other schools N.C. State and Old Dominion have offered him as well. While ECU could be speculated as an early favorite based on family ties, he plans on evaluating each school that has offered.
Since his brother is a key cog on ECU’s defense and has been the past two seasons, Overton is very familiar with ECU. He has visited for multiple games and through his brother developed a behind the scenes look at the team.
“I’ve been to ECU for basketball visits and football visits,” said Overton. “I’ve been to many games and love the atmosphere in the stadium. The fans are always really into it and everyone buys into the Pirate theme.”
Another theme Overton may like is the Pirates’ theme of spreading the field with multiple wide receivers on offense.
In his junior season Overton shined on the field despite his team finishing with a 3-9 record. He had 70 catches for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns crediting his size as the catalyst for his success.
“Being so tall gives me an advantage,” said Overton. “I don’t have to worry about being so fast to outrun everyone, instead I can go up and get the ball. I’m strong enough to break tackles as well.”
Despite the lack of wins this season Overton mentioned he loves playing with his teammates. The cornerbacks on his team were extremely talented bringing his game to another level.
From an individual standpoint Overton believes he improved most on his pass blocking in his junior campaign. As a senior he would like to be faster so he can stretch the field and be more of an offensive threat.
This offseason will be a busy one for Overton. He plans on visiting all of the schools that have offered including ECU multiple times. Overton is also training to improve his ability on the football field and the basketball court. A dream of his is to play both sports at the college level and he is working hard to achieve it.