Running back Connell Young from Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C. is starting to see his hard work on the field pay off in recruiting. The talented back with impressive size at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds received his first Division I football offer in December – it came from the ECU Pirates.
“(The ECU offer) was a blessing,” said Young. “At first I was surprised, I didn’t think ECU would offer yet because they want me to come to camp this summer. I’m blessed that (defensive coordinator) Rick Smith gave me the offer. He told me that he liked my ability to catch out the backfield, my versatility, and my size.”
ECU is the first school to offer Young, but won’t be the last. Other schools including Duke, Georgia Tech, Clemson and West Virginia have all expressed interest in his abilities. He believes the next school to offer him could be West Virginia since he has built a relationship with coaches.
As far as visits go, Young has checked out multiple schools including ECU. He took an unofficial to campus for the Pirates’ 70-41 win over UNC Chapel Hill last fall and enjoyed the experience.
A couple of things stood out to Young during his visit.
“The pregame entrance the team makes to Purple Haze is really cool,” said Young. “It was very fun at ECU when I was there. The coaches made me feel like family and the school felt like home. I was happy to get the offer.”
Moving forward Young intends on building his relationship with ECU and its coaches. He plans to visit a practice this spring and may even find time to attend the Pirates’ annual Purple and Gold spring game.
Young has tremendous size for a high school running back. He mentioned it allows him to deliver the blow to linebackers as opposed to taking big hits. Young’s ability allowed him to rack up 1,051 yards as a junior and 11 touchdowns.
While he believes he proved a lot in his junior campaign, his senior one presents another opportunity.
“I really showed I can do more as a running back this year,” said Young. “I showed my versatility both running and catching passes. I need to work on my speed, my explosion, and creating longer runs for my senior season. I want to win a state championship and I’m looking to double my yards and touchdowns – that would be the icing the cake.”