ECU Offers 2016 TE

East Carolina offered 2016 Saint Stephen's & Saint Agnes (Alexandria, Va.) tight end Andrew Trainer in January. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the Pirates and his recruitment.

More and more schools are showing interest in tight end Andrew Trainer after an impressive junior season.

“Recruitment has been going good,” said the 6-foot-7, 235-pound Trainer. “I’ve been hearing from a number of coaches and look forward to talking with more as spring rolls around.”

Trainer has indeed been hearing from a plethora of college coaches. He currently holds offers from Virginia, Connecticut and ECU.

The Pirates extended Trainer his most recent offer on Jan. 29 making him only the second tight end they’ve offered in the 2016 class. The other is Briar Woods’ Mark Birmingham who has already committed to Duke.

The relationship between Trainer and ECU is still in its early stages. He’s a three-sport athlete playing basketball and baseball, which makes it difficult to spend a lot of time with his football recruiting.

“I know a little bit about ECU,” said Trainer. “I have seen them play on television and talked to (defensive line coach) Marc Yellock. I haven’t visited Greenville before, but it is definitely a possibility.”

With it being the middle of basketball season, Trainer is having trouble scheduling visits. The summer may be a better time for his visit to ECU. He also mentioned the chaplain, a clergyman in charge of his school’s chapel, is an ECU alumni. The two have talked about the school multiple times.

Trainer’s junior season left him and his teammates with the urge to do better. His team finished with a 4-6 record and many things to improve on. Personally Trainer believes getting stronger and working on his leadership will be key for his senior campaign.

Two other schools that have expressed interest in Trainer’s ability are Northwestern and Penn State. Both schools could be close to offering and hosted him for a visit in 2014.

All schools will have to be patient with Trainer, his heavy involvement in other sports has him far away from narrowing down his list of schools.

“I don’t have a definite plan for my recruitment moving forward,” said Trainer. “At the moment I’m just trying to finish out basketball season strong and then I’ll figure things out.”

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