ECU picks up three 2016 defensive commits

The Pirates 2016 recruiting class has welcomed three new members, all of which are defensive players.

East Carolina’s 2016 recruiting class went from five players to eight in just a matter of days, as three defensive players verbally pledged to join the Pirates this week.

Defensive linemen Rondre Knowles-Tener (Lynchburg, Va.), Jalen Price (Williamstown, N.C.) and safety Kenyon Taylor (Greensboro, N.C,) all verbally committed to the Pirates, making the batch the first defensive players to join the class.

Price was offered by the Pirates in March and held another offer from Elon before committing. Other in-state schools such as N.C. State and Appalachian State were recruiting the 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman.

Knowles-Tener didn’t take long to make his decision. The Pirates offered him on June 9 at one of their camps and the 6-foot-1, 285-pound lineman jumped on the offer. Like Price, his only offer was from Elon but a batch of other schools were in the mix.

Taylor, who plays safety and wide receiver at Southern Guilford, was a recent Old Dominion verbal commit but instead flipped to the Pirates. He’s been recruited for both positions but looks to be slotted in at safety for ECU. His 6-foot-2 frame makes him a secondary defender with a lot of height.

The three defensive players join offensive linemen Cortez Herrin and Justin Chase, receivers Tahj Deans and Dre Massey and quarterback Reid Herring in the current 2016 class.

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