Herring Talks ECU Commitment
East Carolina’s spring game last Saturday yielded more than just a glimpse into the future, as 2016 quarterback Reid Herring gave the Pirates a verbal commit while at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to watch the game. The relationship between Herring and the Pirates stems all the way back to last April when ECU emerged as the first Division I school to offer the now three-star, pro-style quarterback. Since then, Herring mentioned a continued relationship with the Pirate coaching staff, which culminated on Saturday when the 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback sat down with first-year offensive coordinator Dave Nichol to announce his commitment. “When I got there, me and my mom and dad went to coach Nichol’s office and sat down and talked for a while,” Herring recalled. “Shane (Carden) came in so we got to talk to him about the program and what it's like, so that was cool meeting him. I had a couple questions and then I told coach Nichol that I would be committing here to play football.” In his junior season at Raleigh Millbrook, Herring accounted for 2,100 passing yards and 17 touchdowns on his way to being ranked the No. 14 pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to Scout. Herring also entertained offers from Atlantic Coast Conference schools Miami and Boston College before he decided to verbally commit to ECU. “Committing definitely has taken some weight off my shoulders,” he said. “I felt like ECU was the best place for me and it was time to commit. I do plan to stay committed to ECU.” Former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley led the charge for Herring but after his departure, Nichol stepped in. According to Herring, the coaching change didn’t affect his relationship with the staff. “A main part of the decision was the coaching staff,” Herring said. “I have a great relationship with all of the coaches. They make me feel like Greenville is my home already.” Currently, Herring stands as the only player verbally committed to ECU’s 2016 class. The Air-Raid offense served as a major factor the quarterback’s early commitment. “Obviously their offense is a great fit for any quarterback who likes to throw the ball, so that was very appealing,” Herring said.
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