Pirates Offer Local Talent
Kendall Futrell grew up in Winterville, NC just ten minutes from the campus of East Carolina. Futrell now has the opportunity to pursue his life-long dream of playing college football and a chance to stay local. Futrell grew up watching the Pirates play and has always had an interest in ECU. The local talent has rated his current in committing to ECU as a nine out of ten. “I like pretty much everything about ECU,” Futrell said. “Especially because it’s in Greenville, I’ve grown up liking the school and I have always watched them play so it’s just a great opportunity for me.” Futrell gives a lot of credit to ECU’s Insider Linebacker’s Coach John Wiley, for recruiting him and always staying in touch. “I’ve known John Wiley for about a year or so now, he’s always fun to talk to and he always tells me about how everything is going and keeping me up to date with stuff,” said Futrell. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end received his first official offer from the Pirates weeks after attending ECU’s prospect camp. While ECU stands as his only offer, Futrell believes his recruiting process has yet to really take off. The pirates will share Futrell’s recruiting process with Wake Forest, North Carolina State and North Carolina who have all yet to officially offer. The rising senior has shared some of the factors that will go into his decision on where he will attend college. The good news for the Pirates is that Futrell cherishes his relationship that he has grown with ECU and the location from his friends and family. “Academics, I ‘m thinking I’m going to major in business administration,” Futrell explained. “Also, early playing time and my relationship with the coaches. Location is definitely a big factor with ECU, it’s only about ten minutes from home so I wouldn’t miss anything.” Futrell believes that with his combination of strength and speed he could transition perfectly into a new position in ECU’s defense. “My speed, athleticism and my effort like my motor,” Futrell said. “I would fit perfectly because I could play outside linebacker there. I’ve played defensive end in high school, but I could play it there with my speed and it’s a lot of pass rushing and that’s what I’m best at.” Futrell finished his junior season at South Central High (Winterville, NC) with 103 tackles, 12 sacks, 24 tackles for losses and two forced fumbles. “It means a lot, I’ve worked hard for this and it has always been my dream do this, so I really means a lot to me,” said Futrell.
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