Last Thursday, East Carolina reassured local 2018 QB Holton Ahlers that the offer he received last year still stands under the new coaching staff.
“It feels great. It’s so cool to know that my home town team wants me,” said Ahlers. “I wasn’t sure if the new coaching staff would still want me. It’s nice to know that more than one coaching staff likes the way that I play.”
Ahlers was born and raised in Greenville and has had season tickets to see the Pirates play for as long as he can remember. His father is the announcer for home football games so ECU football has obviously been a big part of his life.
Ahlers has been the starting QB at local high school D.H. Conley since his freshman year. He has already seen a lot of success in his first two years as a starter.
“I have been fortunate to have my size when I came in as a freshman,” he said. “I was mostly used to run the ball since we ran the Wing-T. My sophomore year we spread the offense out more which gave me a chance to throw the ball.”
While East Carolina and NC State are the only schools to offer Ahlers so far, plenty of schools have had their eye on the dual threat QB.
“The recruiting process has been good,” he said. “I have heard some people say that the process gets annoying but it hasn’t gotten to that point for me yet. I see this as a once in a lifetime experience.”
With two more seasons left at D.H. Conley, Ahlers is eager to take his game even further before he moves on to the college level.
“You are never too good at one thing,” he said. “I really want to work on my quick release and become more and more accurate.”
Ahlers looks forward to a successful junior season and has a lot of confidence that D.H. Conley will have a great year. They didn’t lose a single receiver at the end of last year so they hope to build off of the success that they had offensively last season. They open their season on August 19th at Southeast Raleigh.