Ahlers Talks ECU Offer

Local sophomore Holton Ahlers has an ECU offer and is familiar with Pirates. IES caught up with Ahlers to get the latest on his recruiting process.

Growing up in Greenville, North Carolina, Holton Ahlers has been around and known about the East Carolina football program since his early childhood.

After a standout freshman season last year at D. H. Conley, ECU officially offered the 6-foot-4, 225-pound quarterback but the relationship goes beyond that time. Ahlers is the youngest of four brothers, his oldest brother was heavily recruited by the Pirates and that’s where it started for the quarterback.

“I’m the youngest of four boys and my oldest brother played football,” Ahlers said. “I remember him getting recruited and college coaches coming to watch him and all of that. I thought that was really cool growing and not that I’m experiencing that it’s like a whole different level. It’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

Ahlers said that the majority of in state schools such as Duke, ECU, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest have all been talking to him. Out of all of those Ahlers said that out of those schools he has been talking with the Tar Heels on a weekly basis, the most of any school right now. While drawing a lot of interest the class of 2018 recruit holds one lone offer and that is from ECU.

When looking at ECU, the close location of the school is just one thing that has caught his attention.

“Their fan base is incredible,” Ahlers said. “I went to the (Virginia) Tech game for the first half but then it got a little too wet for me so I went and watched it on TV. Pretty much everything about ECU I like. It’s just a matter of if I want to stay here at that school, they’ve definitely got a spot in my heart where I think I could be playing there one day.”

When asked if a game like the ECU-Virginia Tech game has an impact on his recruiting process he was quick to answer with, “It has a big impact, I’m actually receiving interest from Virginia Tech too. It does big time because it shows they can compete with anyone. I think its 5-0 in the last five games they played against ACC schools and it shows they can compete with anyone and that’s what you want in a school.”

With a lot of time left at DH Conley Ahlers has set a few goals in place that he hopes to accomplish before he graduates. The first of those is to improve his skillset and become the best quarterback and leader he can be on the field. Secondly Ahlers said that he wants to be the best quarterback to ever come out of North Carolina at the high school level.

Ahlers has been fine-tuning his skills this season as he said he is able to read the defensive coverages a lot better this season. Ahlers also brings a dual-threat ability with good accuracy throwing the ball and said that he is compared to Tim Tebow with his running game.

“It’s awesome,” Ahlers said. “A lot of people that know me know that the bigger the stage the better I am. I want to be at the national level where everyone can see me do what I do and lead a team and that’s always what I’ve dreamed of.”


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