ECU football is in the thick of spring practice and spring recruiting. Over the past couple of weeks the coaching staff has stayed diligent on the recruiting front sending out new offers and hosting recruits for unofficial visits in order to check out spring drills.
The culmination of hard work by the team and coaches this spring will happen at the Purple and Gold Spring Game on April 18. Before then the team will continue to send out invites for the game and new offers if deemed appropriate.
Below IES has a look at some of the prospects the Pirates have reached out to in recent weeks.
2016 Charlotte Christian (NC) running back Elijah Deveaux:
After committing to Duke back in October of 2014, Deveaux has seen his recruitment take off. ECU offered him on April 8 adding to his laundry list of offers. Mississippi State, NC State, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Boston College have all offered him, to name a few. Deveaux is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound athlete that spends most his time at running back, but is used all over the field.
2016 Asheboro (NC) defensive end Nick Coe:
After receiving an offer from ECU on April 1, Coe mentioned he would like to visit the school a second time at some point in the coming months. He’s an impressive 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect that terrorizes quarterbacks on the field. Coe’s other offers include UNC Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, UNC Charlotte and Old Dominion. He visited ECU for its game against SMU last fall and thought the facilities were great along with the academics.
2016 Wallace Rose-Hill (Teachey, NC) running back Johnnie Glaspie:
After receiving an offer from the Pirates in March, Glaspie stopped by for an unofficial visit to campus last week. He mentioned he had the opportunity to meet all of the coaches and that he liked the school a lot. Moving forward Glaspie plans to build a stronger relationship with coaches and potentially take another visit this fall. His other offers include West Virginia, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, Wake Forest.
2016 Hillside (Durham, NC) wide receiver Daeshawn Stephens:
An unofficial visit last week didn’t go as planned for Stephens when weather postponed the spring practice he was supposed to watch. He was upset with not being able to watch the team practice, but aside from that he said his visit went great. Stephens is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver and is beginning to build a strong relationship with offensive coordinator Dave Nichol. Elon and James Madison are his only two offers, but ECU could be next.
2016 South Iredell (NC) center Alex Gourley:
ECU’s coaches have shown interest in Gourley since before offensive line coach Brandon Jones left to California. With newly appointed o-line coach Brad Davis at the helm, contact has kept up with Gourley. Davis invited him to the Purple and gold Spring game on April 18 and to a camp this summer. He mentioned to Gourley’s father that his son has a lot to prove at camp and that if he does well an offer could follow.
2016 Mechanicsville (VA) Atlee cornerback J.J. Givens:
At 6-foot-2, 170-pounds Givens is an impressive cornerback prospect. ECU offered him on April 8, joining the mix with a bunch of impressive programs such as Michigan State, Arizona State and Indiana to name a few. It could be a long shot for ECU to land him, but don’t be surprised if he stops by for a visit in the coming months. Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff do an excellent job of recruiting in Virginia.
2016 East Carteret (Beaufort, NC) pro-style quarterback Brennan Lewis:
Known as a sleeper prospect, Lewis is an impressive athlete who plays quarterback and tight end at times. He stopped by ECU for a visit on April 8, which was his first time on campus. Lewis has yet to receive any offers but is drawing interest from the Pirates as well as NC State, Elon and UNC Chapel Hill.