Things didn’t work out as planned for former Mauldin standout wide receiver Dre Massey when he signed his national letter of intent to ECU for the class of 2014. Instead, Massey never arrived on campus and ended up taking the JUCO route for one season.
He enrolled at Homes Community College in Goodman, Mississippi and believes the move has paid dividends moving forward.
“The JUCO route has been a good experience actually,” said the 6-foot, 185-pound Massey. “I’m learning a lot playing here in Mississippi where the top JUCO players in the nation play. We face top teams like two-time defending champion East Mississippi. It’s a hot bed here.”
Attending Holmes has taken Massey’s game to a new level. He’s been contributing at seemingly every skill position on offense aside from quarterback. On top of that, he was the punt returner and kick returner for Holmes last season.
His efforts earned him All-State honors and Massey mentioned the JUCO level has helped him learn that the speed of the game changes dramatically at the next level. When he suits up for Holmes next fall he expects to be selected as an All-American.
Since signing his letter of intent with ECU last year, Massey has seen a considerable amount of top-tier programs showing interest in him. Despite all of it he is currently sticking to his commitment to the Pirates.
“I'm still committed to ECU,” said Massey. “It just felt good to me when I was there and it felt like the place I need to be. I'm receiving a lot of interest and have offers from Oregon State and Cincinnati. Now Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have expressed interest as well.”
Right now Massey is on pace to leave Holmes and head to a program next December. With so much time between now and then, it may be hard for ECU to keep him committed if ACC and SEC schools start sending offers.
Massey is working hard currently with hopes of making an even bigger impact for Holmes next season.
“I want to improve on taking over games instead of making two or three big plays,” he said.
While there are no new faces, ECU can say it has at least one verbal commit for its 2016 class in Massey. Only time will tell if his verbal stays strong.