Sandifer Talks ECU Pledge

East Carolina added a commit to its 2015 class Monday night in JUCO (Hinds C.C.) offensive tackle Justin Sandifier. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the decision.

ECU recovered from losing a 2015 commit over the weekend by landing a new one Monday night. 6-foot-4, 315-pound junior college offensive tackle Justin Sandifier pledged to ECU over offers from Florida, Mississippi State, Georgia. Louisville is a school Sandifier was heavily considering and hoped for an offer from as well.

Unfortunately, Sandifier was unable to receive his offer from the Cardinals because he didn’t complete an online class in time. If he had received the offer a commitment would’ve likely followed. Instead, ECU adds an impressive lineman that could make an immediate impact on the team.

Sandifier visited ECU last weekend where he felt at home.

“I feel the love coming from the coaches already and I’m not there yet,” said Sandifier. “I like how coach (Ruffin) McNeill has a family atmosphere on the team. We are a family and we’re going to win. I feel a part of something already.”

ECU picking up a Louisville target as a commitment is a familiar narrative. In the class of 2014 the Pirates landed a flip commitment at offensive line in Quincy McKinney, who decommitted from the Cardinals.

Sandifier believes he has an overall better opportunity to make an impact at ECU and that the level of competition is right where he’d like it to be. He’s happy with the decision and isn’t having any second thoughts.

“There’s no chance I decommit from ECU,” said Sandifier. “I’ll arrive at school to join my future teammates at the beginning of summer and can’t wait.”

Between now and June Sandifier will be in the weight room trying to get bigger, faster, and stronger for his arrival at ECU. Improving his bench press and his footwork will be two areas of emphasis moving forward.

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