2016 Linebacker talks ECU offer
At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, 2016 linebacker LaRonde Liverpool has the size to compete at the next level. And with three stars, a Division 1 football chance seems like a lock. East Carolina joined Wake Forest, N.C. State, Marshall and others in extending Liverpool a scholarship offer. Pirate coaches travelled to Landstown high school in Virginia and made it official on Tuesday. “Coach (Duane) Price and (John) Wiley came to my school,” Liverpool recalled. “They let my coach know the news and he passed it along to me. I was real excited about it. I was getting a couple letters from them recently so I was kind of waiting for it so it’s just a great feeling knowing that it’s finally here.” The offer marked the first real contact between ECU’s coaching staff and Liverpool but the Pirates have pursued him with letters in the mail. Despite being a relative new comer in the pursuit of Liverpool, the linebacker noted that his interest in ECU is pretty high. Wake Forest is his admitted front-runner in the race but the Pirates’ initial reputation could close the gap. “Right now, as far as distance and what I know about the school football wise, I would say (my interest) is an eight or nine out of 10,” Liverpool said. “I don’t know much about the school yet though but I’ll do some research on that.” ECU told Liverpool that his style of play would fit perfectly into its 3-4 defensive scheme. His versatility goes further than that though, as he has shown the ability to line up behind the line or as a defensive end. “I’m somebody that last year played in a couple of different places depending on what the team needed,” he said. “I think that fits well. (ECU) said they would have me in third or fourth down in the dirt, but everything else would be back in coverage.” Liverpool said that he hopes to commit near the end of summer, but in the mean time has been weighing his options. As far as factors go, the rising senior has made his priorities very clear. His commitment to aspects outside of football is going to play just as big of a part in his recruitment. “First, mom and dad have to be able to see me play,” Liverpool said. “After that, they have to have a good business school, that’s what I’m trying to major in. Football, I don’t want to say it comes last, but it’s definitely not the first thing on my mind. I’m just trying to find a good fit for me.” While he hopes to commit before the start of his senior season at Landstown, Liverpool has set clear, team-oriented goals before he departs for college. “I haven’t played in a high school playoff game yet so that’s a goal of mine to try and help the team get there this year,” he said. Liverpool noted that ECU has piqued his interest but it could be another North Carolina school that will land his services. “Wake Forest is showing me a lot of love,” Liverpool said. “I had a chance to visit them a few weeks ago and I really liked it. I would have to say they are leading right now.” He noted that he has visits with Duke and Wake Forest coming up and plans on attending various camps as the summer progresses. The Pirates aren’t far from his list either as he plans to visit ECU and catch up with the coaches.
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