Football is back! Well, sort of.
Like many Division I college programs, ECU officially began the 2015-2016 season with the start of its spring practice on March 20. The team will practice ten times over the next month, with two weekend scrimmages, before finishing with the Purple & Gold Spring Game on April 18.
Recruiting is currently in the middle of a quiet period that ends on April 15. The quiet period means coaches can’t visit recruits at their schools or their homes. Instead, it allows recruits to stop by campuses and speak with coaches. The end result is recruits stopping by to check out spring practices and scrimmages at the schools they are interested in.
ECU is no exception, the Pirates have recruits scheduled to visit their spring practices already and more could stop by at short notice.
Below is a list of recruits that have told IES they will visit this spring.
2016 Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) pro-style quarterback Reid Herring:
ECU is the current No. 1 school for Herring and has been since extending him his first offer in April 2014. Offensive coordinator Dave Nichol assured Herring the loss of Lincoln Riley wouldn’t affect his recruitment moving forward. Herring plans to visit this spring or the summer and mentioned, “he always loves to be in Greenville.”
2016 Dillon (SC) dual-threat quarterback Avery McCall:
North Carolina schools lead for McCall and he just visited UNC Chapel Hill for a junior day last weekend. ECU offered him and he mentioned the offense would be a good fit for him. McCall has a scheduled visit to ECU this Wednesday, March 25, and he’s excited about the opportunity to see more of the school. As a junior, he completed 169-of-240 passes for 2,968 yards, 36 touchdowns and two interceptions while also rushing 80 times for 517 yards and eight scores.
2016 Forestview (Gastonia, NC) running back Moe Neal:
New ACC and SEC offers have come in for Neal, but he still likes ECU. He is a friend of linebacker Zeek Bigger and has an offer from the Pirates. Neal hopes to make it out to ECU this spring or summer, but doesn’t have an official date set. As a junior he finished with over 2,000 yards rushing and more than 35 touchdowns.
2016 Davie (Mocksville, N.C.) athlete Cade Carney:
A legacy at ECU who’s father played defensive lineman for the Pirates, Carney is a talented athlete with an offer. He plays at seemingly every skill position on the field, but ECU offered him as a safety. Carney plans on visiting again this spring or summer, he just doesn’t have a set date yet.
2016 Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.) running back Connell Young:
ECU became the first school to offer Young back in December 2014. He visited for a game in the fall and plans to stop by for a spring practice or the Purple & Gold Spring Game. He mentioned ECU felt like home the last time he visited. Young racked up 1,051 yards as a junior and 11 touchdowns.
2016 Graham (NC) dual-threat quarterback Jamie Newman:
Newly promoted offensive coordinator Dave Nichol is doing a fine job with Newman’s recruitment and offered him in December. He has interest in the Pirates and is scheduled to visit for a spring practice. Next fall Newman would like to visit for a game, he is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect.
2016 Asheboro (NC) wide receiver Emmanuel Jones:
Jones plans to attend one of the Pirates’ upcoming junior days and has an offer. If he doesn’t make it to campus this spring, Jones mentioned he would be at ECU over the summer. Jones believes ECU has “one of the best football teams in the state of North Carolina.”
2017 East Forsyth (Kernersville, N.C.) running back Christian Beal:
A breakout sophomore season earned Beal an offer from ECU in December. He finished with 144 carries for 1,269 yards and 19 touchdowns while also racking up 614 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Beal said he would like to visit ECU as soon as he gets the chance, that could be this spring or summer.