2016 offensive lineman talks ECU, more

2016 offensive lineman Tre Johnson holds several offers and has some more on the way. ECU is at the top of his list and his 6-foot-7 frame makes him an ideal candidate to play tackle at the next level.

Tre Johnson is a 6-foot-7, 285-pound 2016 tackle from Orlando, Fla. Currently, he holds eight offers, including one from East Carolina.

The Pirates have piqued Johnson’s interest, too. He said that the Pirates have landed themselves in the upper echelon of his choices.

Hard recruiting started by former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and now carried on by current offensive line coach Brad Davis has helped bridge the gap that separates the Florida product from Greenville.

“I remember when coach Brad (Davis) came down and offered,” he said. “He came down to watch my practice, I had a hurt ankle but he came down and offered me. It was a bolt of lightning.”

Davis has been instrumental in helping on the recruiting trail since joining ECU after a stint at James Madison. A commitment from Johnson would boost the already strong offensive line talent coming in. A true future tackle, Johnson likened ECU and hopes to visit the campus at some point.

“I have a great relationship with the coaching staff,” he said. “I talk to coach Brad (Davis) every other day. Me and him talk. I try to get to know him better even though I know a lot about him already. He seems like a great guy.”

Johnson noted that a fall visit is in his future and he wants to watch an ECU game.

Offers from Cincinnati, Idaho, Illinois, Louisville, Miami, Syracuse and Troy represent the impending competition. Johnson said that the Pirates are in his top three but a hopeful offer from Auburn could leap jump everyone. Florida, Florida State and Ohio State have also been in touch with Johnson.

“I like the school,” he said. “It could be a place for me right day but right now I want to look around and see if I would fit in up there. Other than that I like (ECU). The coaches seem cool, I just want to get on campus.”

Johnson said that his playing style and athleticism have garnered the most praise from college coaches. His big frame and foot speed would make for an ideal tackle in the up-tempo pass heavy offense.

“I can’t really see a bid vibe too it,” Johnson said of the ECU offense. “It’ll take some time to learn and get the technique right. No matter what offense, I’ll just go out there and play.” Offensive scheme isn’t at the top of Johnson’s list. His biggest factor is going to school where he can graduate and he noted the importance of having a strong relationship with the coaches — something that Davis is already building.

“I just want to go somewhere where I can play and be the best I can be,” Johnson said.

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