Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s departure for Oklahoma was said to be “all part of the plan” for Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff. The main question mark stemming from Riley leaving the coaching staff is how much it would affect recruiting, especially with the commits that pledged to him.
Key offensive pieces in the 2015 class gave their verbal commitment to Riley, those players include quarterbacks John Jacobs and James Summers, and wide receiver Deondre Farrier, the lone offensive commit from Florida.
Jacobs quickly showed his loyalty to ECU confirming his commitment, but Summers has yet to comment.
ECU coaches are out on the recruiting trail visiting with targets and commits in order to lock up the verbals they want for the 2015 class. So far the coaches have made it to Florida, South Carolina and Georgia with their efforts.
Farrier, a recruit that has committed to three different schools during his recruiting process, is a player the coaching staff wants on board for the class badly. So much so, Coach McNeill visited with him on the road this week and it appears to have paid off.
“I committed to the school, not coach Riley,” said the 6-foot, 175-pound Farrier. “ECU is a great fit for what I'm looking for at the next level. Also I'm sure Coach McNeill will be there a while and will continue to air the ball out.”
So the good news for Pirate fans and ECU’s coaches is that the coaching changes have yet to turn away a commit for the 2015 class. Farrier is correct about the offensive strategy moving forward as well, newly promoted offensive coordinator Dave Nichol told the media he has every intention to score a ton points with the offense next season.
Jacobs was upset when he heard the news and so was Farrier. It’s hard to blame them considering the historical numbers in the passing game under Riley, but football at almost every level is a business. Farrier understands this.
“It wasn't a good feeling when I heard the news,” said Farrier. “College football is a business though and I'm sure that was the best move for (Riley). He wouldn’t have made the decision if it wasn’t.”
The sporadic week continues for 2015 recruiting as the coaches continue their road trip to meet with potential prospects.