2016 offensive lineman commits to ECU

ECU added a fourth member to its 2016 recruiting class in Saluda (S.C.) offensive lineman Cortez Herrin.

The Pirates picked up a commitment from 2016 offensive lineman Cortez Herrin, as the 6-foot-4, 315-pound guard verbally committed to East Carolina.

Herrin called to tell offensive line coach and his recruiter Brad Davis that he was committing to East Carolina last Wednesday.

“He was happy. He did quite a bit of talking but it was nice,” Herrin recalled.

According to the Saluda high school product, the ECU coaching staff wasn’t shy about letting him know what his role would be on the team. With immediate playing time in the back of his mind, Herrin noted that staff hinted at early playing time.

“They said that I could have an instant impact, like as soon as I get there,” he said. “I didn’t really get into all the details yet.”

Herrin joins a 2016 class consisting of quarterback Reid Herring and receivers Dre Massey and Tahj Deans and makes, what appears to be, the blueprint of the Pirates’ pass-heavy offense moving forward.

“I don’t mind doing anything,” Herrin said of playing in a pass-orientated system. “As long as I know I can help the team out.”

Herrin spurned offers from South Carolina State and North Carolina Central when he committed to ECU. The guard also said that North Carolina, South Carolina and Clemson were all actively recruiting him before he verbally committed to the Pirates.

He said that while he doesn’t plan on keeping his recruitment too open, his high school coaches have urged him to keep an open mind.

Herrin pointed to his relationship with ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill as a driving force behind his commitment. He was in Greenville visiting a day before the Pirates’ Purple-Gold Spring Game and said that while he was the only recruit there, he felt a connection.

“It was cool. It was like Christmas,” he said. “As soon as I went there it was a like a big family out there. Everybody, even the players who I haven’t really talked to, we have a connection.”

The connection has even developed within the coaching staff.

“We have like a father-son relationship. I can tell them anything,” Herrin said.

With a verbal commitment to one of the biggest schools recruiting him, Herrin has to now worry about his upcoming senior season at Saluda. Even with his great size, he said it’s a great opportunity to make the necessary improvements to compete at the next level.

“I have to improve on my technique,” Herrin said. “I have pretty good technique but I want to make it better. Overall just everything. I have to get ready because it’s a whole, different level at college.”

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