ECU’s football coaches appear to be on Santa’s nice list this holiday season. The Pirate coaching staff has landed three new verbal commits in the month of December adding new talent to their 2015 class.
The first to start off the December commitments was Lake Nona three-star wide receiver Deondre Farrier from Orlando, Fla who pledged to the Pirates on Dec. 9. The 6-foot, 175-pound receiver averaged close to 170 yards per game in his senior season and with his sub 4.5-second 40-yard dash time adds a home run capability to the class with his commitment.
Farrier previously committed to South Florida and the Florida Gators, which could add a bit of doubt on his pledge to ECU. Nonetheless offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is confident that after an in-home visit to meet with Farrier’s family his verbal commitment is strong. Farrier made a huge impact on the field for Lake Nona last season catching 116 passes for 1850 yards and 22 touchdowns.
The second of ECU’s December commits came from the junior college level. In seemingly every class in recent memory the Pirate coaching staff landed at least one JUCO player. Quarterback James Summers from Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi committed to ECU on Dec. 18.
After graduating in the class of 2012 from Page High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, Summers signed a national letter of intent with UNC Chapel Hill. Shortly after that he had to decommit due to academic ineligibility and attended Hargrave Military Academy before ending up at Hinds.
In nine games last season, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback, completed 109 of 201 throws for 1,347 yards with eight touchdowns and ran for 1,002 yards with 12 touchdowns. Reports say that Summers can enroll at ECU as early as January.
Three days before the Christmas holiday ECU added its most recent commit for the 2015 class. Emmanuel Olenga, three-star defensive end from Renaissance Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C. became the Pirates’ 13th commit for the class and the only defensive end when he pledged to recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick on Dec. 22.
Olenga is a lengthy two-sport athlete who also plays basketball and uses his length as a weapon on the field to get to quarterbacks. Before committing to ECU, Olenga was considering Tennessee heavily and held an offer from the Volunteers. His pledge to the Pirates is big for the coaching staff that will lose key cogs on its defensive line after this season.
ECU will put the program on the national stage one last time this season when it takes on Florida in the Birmingham Bowl on Jan 3. Below are a few of the 2015 targets still left on the board for ECU to impress:
Wake Forest-Rolesville (N.C.) running back Bryce Love:
Recent reports have said that Love is still considering ECU. He has offers from Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State and the list goes on. Right now Love still ranks as ECU’s No.1 target for the class.
Farmville Central (Farmville, N.C.) inside linebacker Edward Davis:
Linebackers coach John Wiley stopped by Farmville Central to see Davis during the week following ECU’s loss to Central Florida. Although he hasn’t received an offer yet, Davis is a fan of the Pirates and would likely commit after receiving one.
Fort Dorchester (North Charleston, S.C.) defensive tackle Eurndraus Bryant:
ECU, Kentucky and Wake Forest make up Bryant’s offers and the Pirates have emerged as a favorite to land him. Bryant is a big defensive lineman at 6-foot-2, 320 pounds and would be a nice interior defensive line pickup next to Ayden-Grifton defensive tackle and ECU commit Justin Brown.
Lake Dallas (TX) offensive tackle Dalton Montgomery:
At 6-foot-6, 255 pounds Montgomery is an ideal offensive lineman with a tremendous frame to build on. ECU extended him his first Division I offer on Dec. 14 and quickly emerged as his top school. If he plans to play college football and doesn’t receive another offer between now and Signing Day, there is no reason to believe Montgomery won’t end up at ECU.