ECU appears to be in good graces with one of its 2016 quarterback targets, Millbrook’s Reid Herring. The pro-style signal-caller received his first Division I football offer from the Pirates on April 21, 2014, and since then he has developed a relationship with the coaches and a love for the school.
“ECU is my top school right now,” said the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Herring. “I’m still in constant contact with them and I spoke with (offensive coordinator) Dave Nichol recently.”
The Pirates can attribute Herring’s interest to a multitude of reasons. For starters, he was in attendance for ECU’s 70-point shellacking of UNC Chapel Hill in September 2014, a school also competing for his interest. During his time on campus Herring also started to develop a relationship with coaches.
He was closest with former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who recently took the same position at the University of Oklahoma. When asked about it, Herring mentioned he was sad to see Riley go, but knows he will do well with the opportunity.
Riley’s departure didn’t affect his recruitment much since he has such a strong relationship with head coach Ruffin McNeill and coach Nichol.
Herring’s current offers include Boston College, ECU and Miami. Even though the Pirates lead in his recruitment currently, even more schools are showing interest in him.
“I've Heard from Arkansas, Purdue, Duke, Yale, Harvard and Penn State recently,” he said.
By his standards, Herring thinks his junior campaign wasn’t up to par. He finished with 2,1000 yards including 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Moving into his senior season he is focused on improving footwork and pocket presence.
Herring’s proximity to ECU helps in his interest. Raleigh is about an hour and a half from campus making it a quick trip for visits. He plans to take advantage of it in the coming months.
“I plan on visiting ECU this spring and summer,” said Herring. “I always love to be in Greenville.”