Deans Commits to ECU

Southern Nash (Bailey, N.C.) 2016 receiver Tahj Deans became the third player in ECU’s 2016 recruiting class as he announced his commitment late Tuesday.

Southern Nash wide receiver Tahj Deans held offers from Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, but the 6-foot-2, 176-pound receiver ultimately opted to stay in-state with his commitment to East Carolina late Tuesday night.

“I think it was a good decision for me,” said Deans, who announced his decision on his personal Twitter account. “I like East Carolina a lot, I have a lot of interest in their system and I like coach Ruffin McNeill a lot. He’s a genuine guy and that’s somebody that I would like to be around during college. I just think ECU was the place for me.”

Deans pointed to his relationship with the coaching staff, especially McNeill, as a key factor in his contributions. He said that he’s been in touch with the coaches even through former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s departure and his recruiter, associate head coach John Wiley, was instrumental in landing his commitment.

“They were excited, they were hyped,” Deans said of telling the ECU coaching staff of his commitment. “I assume they didn’t think they were going to get me because when they found out I was going to ECU they were pretty hype.”

Deans’ commitment marks the third of ECU’s 2016 class, as he joins fellow receiver Dre Massey and quarterback Reid Herring.

According to Deans, committing early was something that he didn’t need much convincing about.

“Every year a team only takes a certain amount of players,” he said. “I felt like I was ready. I didn’t want to give up a guarantee for a maybe. I didn’t want to be left with something I didn’t really want to do and I just came to the conclusion that this is where I want to go.”

Deans led his team in receiving as a junior last season with 21 catches for 348 yards and three touchdowns.

A self-described outside receiving threat, Deans joins a program widely known for its pass-based offense. His potential utilization in the offense has only increased his interest.

“The pass attack is crazy. The way they throw the ball around is just crazy. The coaches want me to be an outside man and with my size and frame that’s gold and I think I excel at that position,” he said.

With the 2016 signing day nine months away, there is plenty of time for the Southern Nash product to flip his commitment elsewhere. For now, though, he said that his commitment is solid.


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