2016 Commit Johnnie Glaspie Q and A

Johnnie Glaspie spoke with IES shortly after committing to ECU on Monday. He had some exciting things to say about the Pirates and the recruiting process. Here's how the conversation went with the 2016 Wallace-Rose Hill (Teachey, N.C.) running back.

How does it feel to officially commit to East Carolina and what’s going through your head?

“It feels great to commit there, it’s a school that I knew I wanted to play football for.”

What was the driving force behind you wanting to commit to ECU?

“The coaching staff. They approached me, they had lots of film on me and they got me on campus. My other recruiters were promising me stuff but ECU wouldn’t promise me anything.”

What were some other notable schools in the mix for you that maybe you had some interest in and what separated ECU from them?

“Wake Forest and North Carolina were in the mix. Carolina offered me when the old coaching staff was in and I didn’t know the new coaching staff so that’s why they got to third, from the top to the bottom. With Wake Forest, I liked the coaching staff and all but I liked East Carolina’s better.”

You said before your visit back in April that if the visit went well you would have no problem committing to the Pirates. I take it that visit went well but what was it like for you and how long did it take after that for you to decide this is where you wanted to be?

“After the visit back in April I watched them practice. Coaches were helping me but they weren’t promising me anything. Everybody was nice to me, they made it feel like home and it just felt right. Me, my dad and my mom talked shortly after my visit about committing. They felt like it was the right move for me.”

What was the conversation with the coaches like following your commitment?

“I said I’m going to commit today because I like your school. They just told me to do what’s best for me. I was on the phone with (linebackers) coach Duane Price and (running backs coach) Kirk Doll. You could tell they were excited; they were all happy and proud of me.”

What are some of the expectations that you set for yourself when it comes to playing at the next level?

“I just want to make gains on offense and just do well. Obviously I want to win a championship and everything; it’s a big part of life.”

How do you see yourself fitting into ECU’s pass-heavy offense and how have the coaches talked about utilizing your skill set?

“I feel like I could play today. The running back plays a lot; it’s running, it’s in the pass game. I like that the running back is a big part of the offense but there are a lot of players in front of me. It’s a process and I’m just going to have to wait my turn when the time comes.”

A lot of teams preach early playing time to entice recruits but is waiting your turn something that you’re embracing?

“Oh yeah. Wake Forest talked about how I could start early on and they promised me playing time and stuff but like I said, ECU didn’t promise me anything and I liked that.”

Are you still planning on keeping your recruitment open?

“Yeah I’m going to continue to listen to offers but for right now it’s all ECU. I’d have to be blown away to be swayed from ECU. Some team would really have to catch my attention.”

So you’d call it a hard verbal commitment?

“Yes, sir.”

What are some final things you want to accomplish with your high school career winding down?

“For my senior year I’m just going to go out there and be a leader for the team. I know people look up to me to be leader. I want to win a state championship ring and have another breakout year.”

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