Top DE in Virginia Considers ECU

Last weekend ECU was visited by a highly recruited defensive lineman, Elijah Conliffe. IES caught up Conliffe to talk ECU and more.

Elijah Conliffe (Hampton, Va.) has ten official offers that include Cincinnati, East Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and more. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end said that his current in ECU is a seven or eight on a ten-point scale.

The updated rating comes after watching half a game last weekend in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

“It went pretty good,” Conliffe explained. “When I got there I was welcomed by Brad Davis and then I met the D-line coach too and he was talking to me and he told me about the program and how they want me there and then when I went out to see the game I saw it got packed.”

According to Conliffe is ranked as the number one Defensive end in the state of Virginia. Conliffe felt that his skillset could fit into the Pirates defensive scheme at multiple positions on the defensive line.

“I’m becoming very versatile in where I can play outside and inside,” Conliffe said. “I play pretty good against the run. There’s still places where I need to get better in but if I’m coached properly I think I can get even better.”

With a growing list of offers for the class of 2017 recruit he said that he is enjoying the recruiting process and all of its benefits.

“It’s been a very interesting process,” Conliffe said. “It’s been very fun as well to see some of the colleges and what they’re all about and how their program go’s and all of that stuff.”

For the lineman academics comes first as he hopes to major in engineering once on a college campus. Education is the first factor but Conliffe also wants to be somewhere he can compete at the Division 1 level and have the chance to win a championship. The last factor that Conliffe mentioned was the team chemistry, saying that being somewhere that felt like a family was important for him.

While looking for a family atmosphere Conliffe expressed just how important his family is to him.

“Sometimes it gets to me,” Conliffe said. “It’s unbelievable sometimes but on a different point, I’ve worked pretty hard for this and that’s how I feel. It’s been the support of my mom and my brother. My mom for the simple fact that she encourages me to work hard every day and she leads by example. My brothers coming up right behind me and watching me closely so I have to set a good example for him so he will be a good person.” The junior has September 25 set of next year as the day he will make his official decision.

“It really means a lot to me because at one point in life I didn’t think I was going to make it this far,” Conliffe said. “I didn’t know how I was going to get to college and at another point I just strapped up and I had to do something so I’ve just been getting done on the field and in the classroom.”

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