Before the start of the most recent dead period, East Carolina coaches made their rounds to schools in order to check on future prospects and extend new offers. One of the talented recruits the Pirate coaching staff stopped by to see was Benedictine wide receiver Donaven Tennyson.
ECU gave Tennyson his first Division I offer on the same day he picked up an offer from the Virginia Cavaliers.
“I’m blessed to receive my first offer,” said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Tennyson. “Hard work pays off and receiving offers makes me keep going even harder. Colleges contacting me right now are Duke, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Tennessee. I think Virginia Tech could be next to offer, I talk with them a lot.”
Social media is a prevalent theme in recruitment today and Tennyson was made aware of his offer from ECU through social media outlets. He remembers being on Twitter last week and seeing a tweet about himself receiving an offer from the Pirates on a recruiting sites Twitter handle. At first Tennyson was skeptical to believe what he saw, so he called his father who confirmed coaches had contacted him and the offer was real.
While his knowledge of ECU is still young, Tennyson does know about some current Pirates.
“I know (sophomore defensive back) DaShaun Amos, he played at former school of mine,” said Tennyson. “He tells me he likes it at ECU. I know they’re a passing team and that wide receiver Justin Hardy has the record for most catches. Being a wide receiver myself, that offense is really appealing to me.”
Tennyson plans to learn more about what ECU has to offer. His plan is to take a visit to campus sometime in the near future in order to get closer to coaches and learn how the program is put together.
When asked about whether staying close to home in Richmond, Va. will play a factor in his recruitment Tennyson made sure to say it won’t make a difference. Instead, he will go to the school, which fits his needs both from a football standpoint and academics.
As a junior Tennyson was selected First-team All-State and helped Benedictine win its first state championship in 12 years despite losing key players to injury. Instead of wallowing on injuries suffered during scrimmages, Tennyson and his teammates rose to the occasion and put together a solid championship run.
Statistically Tennyson finished his junior season catching 34 passes for over 900 yards and 12 touchdowns. Catching ability is something he worked on extensively before the season and it paid off – Tennyson was 34-of-34 with no dropped balls.
A player Tennyson currently looks up to and tries to model his game after is New York Giants’ rookie star wide receive Odell Beckham Jr. While he may not have quite the speed Beckham Jr. possesses, Tennyson did improve his 40-yard dash time from a 4.6 to a 4.43 this year.
Tennyson plans on attending multiple spring games this offseason and ECU is a school he hopes to make it out to. He is also looking forward to watching the Pirates’ matchup with the Florida Gators on Jan. 3 in the Birmingham Bowl.