Knowles-Tener commits to ECU
Before committing to ECU, Rondre Knowles-Tener (Liberty Christian Academy, Lynchburg, Va.) had an offer from Elon and strong interest from Wake Forest, JMU and Liberty. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive lineman said that his recruiting process was filled with a lot of good communication, letters, camps and visits with all of those schools. Knowles-Tener moved away from his immediate family in the Bahama’s to the United States when he was 16. Looking to have more opportunities to not only attend college with the possibility of a football scholarship. The rising senior, is seeing his dream of playing college football become a reality. Knowles-Tener attended ECU’s football camp earlier this month; leaving with a lot of mutual positive feelings for ECU, but without an offer. Then just two days later the Pirates offered the lineman. After discussing East Carolina with his family and close mentors Knowles-Tener knew that ECU would be the right fit for him. With a strong relationship with his own family, Knowles-Tener noted that the family atmosphere that was built into ECU and the football program was one of the first things he saw. “It was the family atmosphere that I felt around ECU, I really love all the coaches and there’s a long history behind ECU and ECU football too.” One key part of Knowles-Tener’s recruiting process with ECU was his relationship with Defensive line coach, Mark Yellock. Yellock was the main recruiter that brought the lineman to ECU, and throughout the recruiting process they developed a strong bond. “It wasn’t one of those fake relationships where coaches just try to recruit players,” Knowles-Tener explained. “I could pretty much talk to him about anything, I could ask him any serious questions and he would just be real with me, it was just an honest relationship.” During the camp at ECU, Knowles-Tener was impressed by the way ECU ran their program and has one memory from that day that he strongly remembers. “It wasn’t a typical camp, it was more of them teaching us what we need to know,” Knowles-Tener said. My favorite memory from the camp is after the one-on-one competition I got to speak with a lot of the coaches, especially head coach Mcneill and he really stressed his interest in me, which was pretty cool.” Knowles-Tener believes that his relentless attitude of going after the ball will make him a perfect fit into ECU’s gritty football program. Other skills that the lineman will bring to the table are speed, a outstanding pass rushing and adding versatility to the defensive line. “It’s a dream come true, when you’re in the islands and the Bahamas you can only dream of things like this and to be able to finally grasp this opportunity, be able to reach out and touch it, it’s a really good dream come true and I’m glad I get to live it because not many people do,” said Knowles-Tener.
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