2017 Lineman has ECU high on his list
With two years left at Marvin Ridge high school (Waxhaw, NC), Dmitri Emmanuel is in the beginning of his recruiting process. After showing what he can do in his first two years, Emmanuel has already received three offers from Boston College, Old Dominion and UNC Chapel Hill. While East Carolina has yet to offer the 6-foot-2, 316-pound offensive lineman, Emmanuel still holds the Pirates high on his list and has a lot of interest in ECU — and believes it could possibly be a destination for his future. “It’s a great school, it’s definitely one of my options that I’m looking for,” Emmanuel said. “I haven’t been down to the campus yet but I have friends that are at ECU right now and they say they like it a lot. It’s what I’m looking for so hopefully I can go down for a visit.” Emmanuel rates his current interest in ECU as a high seven or eight out of ten. While the sophomore has a long way to go in the recruiting process along with many major programs starting to possibly come into play, ECU sits in a good positon to possibly land the lineman. While Emmanuel has shown high interest in ECU, for now he will just enjoy the process. “It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m just keeping my eyes open on every school, I’ve enjoyed it so far and hopefully it can continue,” Emmanuel said. The soon-to-be rising junior has a background that is not the most common of college football recruit. Moving from England to the United States in the seventh grade Emmanuel has made some major adjustments. In England, Emmanuel played rugby, not football, but quickly adjusted to the new game. “My first year playing football I was used to it being physical, so it was more of a transition putting the shoulder pads, helmet and all that stuff on,” he recalled. With his size and quickness Emmanuel believes he can line up anywhere on the offensive line but prefers to play tackle. While having the ability to play multiple positions on the line, Emmanuel has also shinned in more than just football. The two sport star at Marvin Ridge High School has had made a lot of noise in his first two years. As a sophomore Emmanuel has already won two State Championships in track and field. Emmanuel competes in shot-put and discusses, where the Marvin Ridge team won both the indoor and outdoor state championships. Like many younger recruits, there is an advantage to being able to consider all your options thoroughly. While Emmanuel believes ECU is electrifying on the football field, he is beginning to dig into the other factors that will go into his decision. “Education is one, somewhere where my family can come and watch my games and be there for support and an also good football school,” he said. With two years left of high school Emmanuel will have the time to work on his craft. Emmanuel would like to get even stronger and faster while improving his footwork. While those are essential qualities for a football player at the next level, Emmanuel would also like to further tap into his leadership capabilities on the football field. The recruiting process will heat up even more for Emmanuel over the next two years as more and more schools start to find the England native, but until the end of it Emmanuel will try to soak it all in. “It means a lot to me, I’m lucky that God gave me the talent to do the things I can do on a football field,” Emmanuel said. “Not everyone gets the opportunity to be a college football player and I have a chance to, so I don’t take it lightly.”
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