ECU Stays at Top of Young's List
2016 running back Connell Young didn’t have to look far to get his first scholarship offer. East Carolina defensive coordinator Rick Smith extended a scholarship to the Greensboro, N.C., native back in December. Since then, the Pirates have remained his only offer as his senior season at Dudley high school looms. “I’m feeling good, I really like (ECU),” said Young. “It feels like home when I go up there.” Young cited proximity to home as big factor, but a slew of in-state schools as well as national schools have been in touch with the 6-foot, 170-pound running back. According to Young, Syracuse, Old Dominion, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke and Georgia have all contacted him. He said that a Wake Forest visit is also being worked out. “I don’t really want to go far out,” Young said. “I really want to stay close and within driving distance from home.” Proximity isn’t the only thing Young is looking at, though. There are some off the field factors that will hold a significant amount of weight in his decision. “Number one is always academics,” he said. “They have to have the major that I want, as far as my career. The environment has to be welcoming and comforting. The school has to be fun and not uptight.” Young is a multi-sport athlete, excelling in both football and basketball at Dudley. But his play on the gridiron helped him lead his school to an 8-3 record last season. He racked up 1,051 yards during his junior campaign and found the end zone 11 times on the ground. He also averaged 7.0 yards per rush and 105.1 yards per game. He said that while he feels like he’s on top of his game right now, he wants to improve on finishing and being more of a playmaker. Young was in attendance for ECU’s 70-41 victory over in-state North Carolina a season ago and got a glimpse of what the Pirate offense does well. His relationship with the coaches has since been built upon as well. “I like the way the offense utilizes the running backs, they fit how I run,” he said. “The coaching staff is really cool, too. I’ve met almost all of them. They act like family.”
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