Who's Here: ECU Hosts Recruits

As ECU takes the field Saturday afternoon many recruits will be in attendance to see how the Pirates perform. IES spotlights a few of the recruits who will be in Dowdy-Ficklen for the game.

There is more on the line today than just the football game, ECU is set to play host to a full cast of recruits. Sharing a lot of the same recruiting ground with Virginia Tech, the on field performance today could swing recruits decision.

Inside ECU Sports takes a look at just a few of the recruits that will be in attendance at Dowdy-Ficklen.

Uncommitted recruits:

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.

QB Holton Ahlers – D.H. Conley (Greenville, NC) –

Local Quarterback Holton Ahlers will take a short drive over to Dowdy-Ficklen today for an official game visit.

The dual-threat quarterback is only a sophomore but has already received an offer from the Pirates last December. With tremendous size at 6-foot-4, 223-pounds and combined with an athletic ability Ahlers could be a big pickup for ECU’s class 2018.

Recruits already committed:

CB Keyshawn Canady – Wallace-Rose Hill (Teachey, NC) -- According to Scout.com, 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.

OL Cortez Herrin -- Saluda high school (Saluda, SC) – At 6-foot-4, 315-pound this 2016 commit is looking to make an immediate impact on the field next fall.

The Saluda high school lineman said that the ECU coaching staff wasn’t shy about letting him know what his role would be on the team. At the time Herrin also had offers from South Carolina State and North Carolina Central.

DE Kendall Futrell – South Central High School (Winterville, NC) –

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker enjoyed his recruiting process but always knew that he would end up just ten-minutes away from home at ECU.

Futrell said that he feels like he can fit right into ECU’s defensive scheme with the versatility of linebackers pass rushing or dropping into coverage. The family atmosphere that Ruffin McNeill conducts in the program is the final factor that he considered when he chose ECU just weeks ago.


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