Olenga Talks ECU Commitment

2015 Renaissance Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.) three-star defensive end Emmanuel Olenga verbally committed to ECU on Monday. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the decision.

East Carolina added another player to its 2015 class yesterday in Renaissance Olympic three-star defensive end Emmanuel Olenga.

The 6-foot-5, 234-pound strong-side defensive end is the third defensive lineman and 13th overall commit for the class. Olenga held offers from Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana and Old Dominion before pledging to the Pirates and recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick, who gave him his offer last month.

On Monday Dec. 22, Olenga decided to pull the trigger on his recruitment.

“I gave coach Kirkpatrick a call and told him I wanted to be part of the program (at ECU),” said Olenga. “He was happy and excited to hear I was committing. Coach Ruffin McNeill stopped by my school today, but I missed him. I’m sure I’ll speak with him soon about it.”

Olenga mentioned he is fully committed to ECU at the moment. Barring a big-time offer coming his way, he will end up a Pirate. Playing early on in his career was a factor in his decision.

“As a player I think my chances at ECU are better (than at other schools),” said Olenga. “The program will hopefully give me an opportunity to get on the field fast and the academics are great. Once I figured out ECU had my major it felt like the right place for me and the place I want to be.”

The plan moving forward for Olenga is to graduate with his classmates and start the workouts ECU will give him upon signing his national letter of intent. He is focused on improving every aspect of his game before arriving at campus for the first summer session.

For right now Olenga is excited about the Pirates’ matchup with the Florida Gators in the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 13.

“I can’t wait watch the bowl game,” said Olenga. “I’m excited to see my future teammates and to see how they perform. If you ask me, I have the Pirates winning all day.”

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