First Look: ECU’s 2016 Class

East Carolina still has the chance to add names to its 2015 class, but for the most part the Pirates can shift their recruiting focus to the class of 2016. Inside ECU Sports takes a look at some of the positions ECU could target this spring to build on the team moving forward.

With the 2015 class pretty much in the books, ECU can start to address future classes. The next in line, the class of 2016, gives the Pirates a chance to add even more depth to the program and hopefully address positions affected by graduation.

The class had a commit previously in Wilson W. running back Abdul Adams, but the talented back decommitted in November when the likes of Michigan State, Notre Dame and Rutgers extended offers.

The loss of Adams was a hit to the class dropping the commit number back to zero, but it’s still early and with a year’s time the Pirates can begin to piece together the 2016 group with hopes to build off of previous classes.

Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and his coaching staff extended offers to 2016 recruits at positions the team will need in coming seasons. The bulk of the positions offered include defensive line, running back and quarterback.

It makes sense that ECU would target the positions early on in the class, the Pirates only landed one new defensive lineman in the class of 2015 and only one new running back – that’s if the transfers aren’t included. John Jacobs was also the only true quarterback signed for 2015.

In order the set up the team in a better position to address those vacancies moving forward the Pirates have extended plenty of offers in recent months.

Below are some of the prospects ECU has offered at its top target positions.

Defensive linemen

Hermitage (Richmond, Va.) defensive tackle Sulaiman Kamara:

The most recent defensive lineman to receive an offer from ECU, Kamara is an impressive talent. He is 6-foot-2, 275 pounds and holds offers from ACC schools Duke, Carolina and Wake Forest as well. Pirate coaches met with him on Jan. 29 to give him his offer and he may visit for the spring game.

Hightower (Missouri City, TX) defensive tackle Darius Anderson:

The Pirates landed an offensive tackle named Darius Anderson in the 2015 class, but this Darius Anderson is a polar opposite. On the defensive front he is a force to be reckoned with, but has his sights set high on recruitment. ECU is his only offer, but Anderson’s top schools are Texas, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M. If any of those schools offer that could be it for the Pirates.

Georgetown Prep (Rockville, MD) defensive end Chinedu Udeogu:

No offer yet from the Pirates, but that could change in the coming months. Udeogu is still in the developing stages of his football career, but has a tremendous frame to work with at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. His only offer is from Eastern Michigan, but don’t be surprised if the Pirates offer this spring or summer.

Other defensive line hopefuls:

While they’re complete long shots, ECU has offered defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence from Wake Forest-Rolesville (N.C.) and defensive tackle Derrick Brown from Lanier (Ga). Both have SEC schools interested and will likely end up in the conference.

Quarterbacks

Fike (Wilson, N.C.) dual-threat quarterback D.J. Daniels:

Daniels visited ECU last weekend for Junior Day and has shown interest in the Pirates. His only offer currently is from Boston College, but after attending Junior Day at ECU and N.C. State, on top of visiting Duke, more offers could be on the way. Daniels is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and an impressive prospect.

East Lincoln (Denver, N.C.) dual-threat quarterback Chazz Surratt:

At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Surratt has good size for the quarterback position. ECU offered him last May along with schools Clemson, Duke and Carolina. Look for the Pirates to make a push this spring to host Surratt at the spring game.

Dillon (S.C.) dual-threat quarterback Avery McCall:

A fan of ECU, McCall received his offer from the Pirates last December. Since then, ACC and SEC schools have extended offers including Clemson, LSU, N.C. State and South Carolina. McCall’s current leaders include ECU, Clemson and South Carolina. He could be on the list to visit ECU for its spring game.

Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) pro-style quarterback Reid Herring:

ECU offered Herring last April and he visited for the game against Carolina in September. Boston College and Miami are his only other offers, but Duke and Georgia have expressed interest. The Pirates don’t typically go for pro-style signal-callers, but Herring may be an exception. He is 6-foot-3, 175 pounds.

Statesville (N.C.) pro-style quarterback Travis Ramseur:

Another interesting offer since the Pirates don’t typically recruit the pro-style quarterback. To make it more interesting ECU offered Ramseur the same month as Reid Herring. North Carolina A&T is the only other offer he holds, but Duke, N.C. State and Carolina have expressed interest. He has room to grow at 6-foot, 165 pounds and could stop by ECU this spring for a visit.

Running backs

Davie County (Mocksville, N.C.) running back Cade Carney:

A legacy to the school whose father played football in the Purple and Gold, Carney is a top target for the Pirates. The interest goes both ways as Carney grew up watching ECU, but the ACC is also after him. He holds offer from Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Carolina and Wake Forest. It’s unclear whether Carney would play running back or safety wherever he goes, ECU has spoke with him about the switch to defensive back.

North Davidson (Lexington, N.C.) running back Kennedy McKoy:

Received his offer from ECU in December to go with offers from N.C. State, Carolina, West Virginia, Boston College, Louisville, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Mountaineers appear to be leading in his interest, but don’t be surprised if McKoy visits ECU this spring or summer. He is an impressive back with good speed and is 6-foot, 190 pounds.

Running back hopefuls:

The Pirates have offered multiple running backs that have since received interest from much bigger programs. Those include Robert Washington from Southlake Christian Academy (N.C.), Tre Harbison from Crest (N.C), Moe Neal From Forestview (N.C.) and Abdul Adams (Washington, DC) who decommitted. Look for the Pirates to target new prospects moving forward.


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