2016 ECU recruiting round up

ECU's current class has room to grow and with summer recruitment in full swing, Inside ECU Sports breaks down which players could be next to fall in line.

With summer camps in full swing, East Carolina will begin to heat up on the recruiting trail.

High school players will begin to visit various camps and teams will continue to doll out offers. ECU is no different and the Pirates will hope to build on its 2016 recruiting class that currently consists of four verbally committed offensive players.

Below, Inside ECU Sports breaks down the current class and lists some players that could be next to commit.


WR Tahj Deans The Pirates joined Virginia Tech and Wake Forest in offering Tahj Deans but managed to add his commit early in May. Even with his commitment, North Carolina has shown interest in the 6-foot-2 receiver and with his senior season yet to be played, a potential flip is certainly a possibility.

WR Dre Massey JUCO receiver Dre Massey has been committed to ECU since high school, though he hasn’t been shy about keeping his recruitment open. He said that he wants to keep all options open and test the waters.

If his recent visit to Tuscaloosa to visit Alabama is any indication, the Pirates could face a tall task in keeping him committed. He currently holds offers from Cincinnati Memphis, and Middle Tennessee State but his list will probably grow.

QB Reid Herring Raleigh product Reid Herring was the second commit to join the class after watching the spring game. He committed to Dave Nichol, noting his interest in manning ECU’s pass-heavy offense. The three-star quarterback has offers from Boston College and Miami (Fl) and continues to garner Power Five attention but he has said that his interest in the Pirates remains high.

OL Cortez Herrin South Carolina offensive lineman Cortez Herrin has flown under the radar for most of the recruiting process but verbally committed to ECU in late May. The Pirates are clearly attracted to his 6-foot-4, 315-pound frame and hope that he can have an early impact in Greenville.


LB LaRonde Liverpool (Landstown, VA) — Virginia Beach product LaRonde Liverpool called his early interest in the Pirates “eight or nine out of 10” after receiving an offer from ECU. Add on the fact that coach Ruffin McNeill and the program have been historically good at poaching players from Virginia Beach and Liverpool to the Pirates seems realistic.

Proximity and the recent television deal with ESPN also favor the Pirates, as Liverpool noted that wherever he goes his parents have to be able to see him play. He holds offers from N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Virginia and more but has yet to name a current front-runner.

DB Elisha Daniels (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) — Defensive back Elisha Daniels has garnered a lot of Group of Five interest and hasn’t been shy about reciprocating the feelings. Early playing time and proximity to home are his biggest factors and though ECU is a sizeable distance from his home in Florida, a high school connection could give the Pirates an upper hand in his recruitment.

Current ECU linebacker C.J. Maybin hailed from the same high school as Daniels and serves as pipeline to him. Though the Pirates appear to still be in the early stages of his recruitment, things are going to heat up for Daniels and ECU could be in the thick of it.

The Pirates could also help their cause by offering his twin brother, Elijah, as Daniels expressed an interest to play along side his brother at the college level. Toledo and Bowling Green have taken note and have offered both the Daniels brothers.

WR Emmanuel Jones (Asheboro, NC) — East Carolina appears to be the front runner to land receiver Emmanuel Jones. There is a strong mutual interest between the receiver and the Pirates and the 6-foot-1 Jones has noted that ECU has recruited him the hardest so far.

Jones also had family members that attended ECU and though he said he doesn’t want to commit until after football season, the constant contact he’s had with Pirate coaches could help expedite the process.

West Virginia appears to be ECU’s main competitor to land Jones but he also holds offers from Purdue and N.C. State with more surely on the way.

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