ECU is one of many football programs to extend an offer to rising junior standout cornerback Madison Cone. His other offers include Boston College, Duke, Old Dominion, and Virginia Tech, but more schools could join the mix soon.
“Recruiting has been great,” said the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Cone. “I’m definitely blessed and want to thank the man above for making all of this possible. The process is fun and I’m going to check out some schools soon.
Next week Cone starts his spring break. Instead of hitting a sandy beach, he will stop by Carolina for a spring practice. He hopes the Tar Heels offer soon and has heard from a considerable amount from NC State.
ECU is a school Cone has family ties at. His cousin attends the school and he is extremely close with sophomore offensive lineman Brandon Smith. It’s through him that Cone has built his knowledge about the football program.
“Brandon comes home and talks about ECU all the time,” said Cone. “I didn’t pick up on them until that (70-41) win over Carolina last season. I believe that opened them up in a lot of peoples’ minds, mine especially. They had a great year this year and should next year, I like the plan they have to build.”
Cone received his offer from the Pirates back in December. He hasn’t heard much from the coaching staff recently because of the quiet period, but he’s confident communication will pick up when it ends. The plan right now is for Cone to make a trip to ECU over the summer.
One thing is for certain, Cone plans to build a stronger relationship with ECU moving forward.
Through 12 games in his sophomore season Cone recorded 68 total tackles and eight interceptions. He spent most of his time at the cornerback position, picking up the opponents’ No. 1 receiver, but he also played safety at times.
When asked about the season, Cone gave a lot of the credit to his teammates.
“As successful as I was this season I have to give it up to the defensive line and linebackers,” said Cone. “They kept pressure so I could get to the ball.”
For next season Cone and his teammates are working to get bigger, faster and stronger with hopes of competing for a state championship. From a personal standpoint, Cone would like to sharpen up and tighten up his technique.
The interest from schools should continue to flood in for Cone moving forward if he continues to produce on the field. His visits coming up should help him figure out what school may be right for him.