Recruiting Roundup: Updated Class of 2016

IES updates the latest commitments of the class of 2016 and looks forward to spotlight the recruits who have ECU high on their lists and could commit at any time.

Entering the month of July East Carolina had put together a solid class of 2016, which held eight verbal commits. Within the first 25 days of July the class had added three new members and lost one wide receiver.

The first commit of July came when cornerback Keyshawn Canady committed to the Pirates. According to, Canady is ranked as the third best corner in the state and sits at 42 in the entire country.

At 6-foot, 190-pounds Canady believes ECU’s defensive scheme is well ran and that he will fit great in it and be able to pick it up easily. The speedy cornerback likes to track balls out of the air, using his vertical jumping ability to his advantage.

Exactly a week later, Canady’s teammate Johnnie Glaspie followed in his steps and committed to the Pirates. The 6-foot, 185-pound running back is ranked as the tenth best back in the state of North Carolina and held a list of offers that include West Virginia, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Just a month ago when IES talked to Glaspie he said, “I feel like I could play today. Their 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.”

In his junior season at Wallace-Rose Hill High School, Glaspie collected 1,040 yards and 23 touchdowns on 110 carries.

The latest commitment came from North Carolina native Emmanuel Jones. The wide receiver is ranked as the fifth best receiver in the state and held other offers from Charlotte, Georgia Southern, N.C. State, Purdue and West Virginia.

At 6-foot, 185-pounds said the family atmosphere and location of the school are a few of the top factors that led him to commit.

While ECU added three playmakers to the class of 2016, one former commit reopened his recruiting process.

Wide receiver Dre Massey had previously committed to the Pirates on two separate occasions. The first coming while attending Mauldin High School (SC). After complications led Massey to Holmes Community College, Massey kept his word and recommitted to the Pirates.

However after a standout first year at Holmes, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver began to be national recruited. The recruitment outside of his verbal commitment combined with the departure of offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, led Massey to reopen his recruiting process.

The current class of 2016 includes: Tahj Deans, Reid Herring, Cortez Herrin , Justin Chase, Rondre Knowles-Tener, Jalen Price, Kenyon Taylor, Keyshawn Canady, Johnnie Glaspie and Emmanuel Jones.


DT Lanard Bonner -- Highland Community College (Highland, KS) – Bonner is entering his second season at Highland Community College. The tackle currently holds six official offers and East Carolina is in his top three. Southern Miss and Houston are also in Bonner’s top-three schools.

At 6-foot-5, 334-pounds the physical tackle wants to make an immediate impact at the school he chooses and believes that his time spent at the JUCO level has prepared him to be able to make the transition to Division one football easier.

DT Sulaiman Kamara -- Hermitage HS (Richmond, VA) — Kamara is a 6-foot-1, 286-pound defensive tackle that boasted a list of twelve offers but has recently cut his list down to five. Kamara has listed East Carolina North Carolina, Temple, Virginia and Wake Forest in his top five.

Kamara is ranked on as the top defense tackle in the state of Virginia and the third best in the east. According to Atlantic Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark, “Kamara is powerful defensive tackle with good athleticism. He plays both the run and pass well. Kamara is quick off the ball and puts a lot of pressure on the offensive lineman.

CB Nick McCloud – South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC) — Senior cornerback McCloud is in the double-digits of official offers received. While the offers continue to roll in McCloud has said that Appalachian State, East Carolina, Kansas State, Marshall and Northwestern are the leaders in his recruiting process.

At 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, the cornerback believes that his physicality and long length will help him play at the next level. McCloud also noted in his previous interview with IES, that he leads by example, on and off the football field he tries to be a good example for others. McCloud is ranked as the fourth best corner in South Carolina.

CB Charvarius Ward -- Hinds Community College (MS) – After graduating high school Ward elected to attend Hinds Community College for his first two years of collegiate football. 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback said that the time spent at the JUCO level has helped him fine-tune his skills and become a better football player.

East Carolina and Louisanna at Monroe are the only two schools to officially offer the cornerback. With dreams of playing in the NFL, this self-proclaimed ball hog could commit to ECU at any time.

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