Womack: 'I Like the Direction of the Program'

Jacksonville (NC) Northside athlete Joe Womack is East Carolina's first commitment in the 2008 class.

Jacksonville (NC) Northside athlete Joe Womack is East Carolina's first commitment in the 2008 class.

"The ECU coaches were really excited," said Womack. "Skip [Holtz] told me that I made his day... he said that I made his weekend."

At the Elite Eight Combine held in Snow Hill, Womack clocked a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and a 4.13-second 20-yard shuttle on a gym floor. He also vertically jumped 32.8 inches and benched 185 pounds 12 times.

A 6-foot-2 180-pound athlete, he received all-area and all-conference recognition as a junior for his play at quarterback for Northside. Last year, he completed 55-of-124 passes for 934 yards and 11 touchdowns while also rushing for 478 yards and 10 touchdowns on 126 carries. He also added sixty tackles and four interceptions while playing safety.

"I played mainly quarterback and wide receiver last year," said Womack. "I think that's where I will be this season for us.

"We should be pretty good. We have some people returning and we added some guys. I will still play quarterback. The colleges were looking at me to play wide receiver and quarterback."

One player Northside has added is rising junior Donte Moss. Moss burst on the scene at this year's Elite Eight combine, and he transferred to Northside from Trenton (NC) Jones High School. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete is already drawing interest from East Carolina, NC State, and North Carolina. Womack hopes he will join him in Greenville.

"He's going to help us out a lot on defense and on offense," Womack said of Moss. "He's a good player. I know East Carolina is recruiting him. We haven't talked about him going there much, but I hope he goes there."

In-state programs were tracking Womack's progress, but only East Carolina had extended a scholarship offer.

"Chapel Hill, NC State, and Duke were recruiting me," said Womack. "East Carolina was my only offer. I'm not really sure of the date they did, but I know they had earlier."

What does Womack like about East Carolina?

"I like the overall direction of the program," he said. "The players seemed to be real nice, and I liked their attitudes on the field and off it. The campus was nice. It's not too big and not too small.

"I think colleges will keep recruiting me, but I'm pretty solid. I like East Carolina."

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