Head coach Scottie Montgomery and staff moved quickly in the recruiting process with the short time they had. In the past couple days East Carolina has been able to grab a handful of recruits to strengthen its recruiting class. A total of 21 recruits signed their letters of intent on national signing day.
Michael Clark is the regional recruiting analyst for Scout.com and thought the new ECU staff built a good recruiting class.
"Despite having a very limited amount of time, I think the staff did a great job keeping the majority of guys who committed to the old staff in the fold, as well as landing some good prospects down the stretch," said Clark.
During his presser, Montgomery emphasized the importance of winning the battle in the trenches. This led the Pirates to try and recruit size at the offensive and defensive lines. Not only were the Pirates looking to get bigger up front, ECU also needed to add more depth to the offensive line. Sean Bailey and Jarred Dorton were two late pickups and strengthened an already strong class of offensive lineman.
"When you look at this class, the first thing that jumps out to you is offensive line," Clark said. "It was a huge position of need for the Pirates and they were able to land six.
The defensive line also added some size. Alex Turner, a late pickup for the Pirates, and Jalen Price come in at 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds each. Raequan Purvis also is 6-foot-2 and weighs 270.
As they did with Turner and Bailey, ECU got commitments from many recruits in the past week. The late push by the staff helped bring in some of the top talent in the 2016 recruiting for ECU.
"Another impressive thing the staff was able to do was finish strong,” said Clark Since last Saturday, they landed seven commitments. Many of them were at the top of their board, such as Hussein Howe, Javontay Smith, Anthony Watley and Sean Bailey.”