Although ECU coaches are in the middle of a dead period and can’t have face-to-face contact with recruits, potential prospects are still visiting campus. The most recent to stop by to check out the Pirates was Trinity Christian offensive guard Deion Eakins.
Eakins made a personal trip up to ECU with his mother and father. Despite not being able to talk to coaches, the family still got to tour campus and gain a better understanding about what the school has to offer.
“ECU was better than what we expected,” said the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Eakins. “My mother liked the academics the school offers and how the program is designed to build young men. My dad was impressed with classes and how much it resembled Florida.”
The things Eakins liked the most were the stadium and the environment at ECU. He mentioned he could feel the school spirit throughout town during his visit and he could see ECU rocking n’ rolling for football games.
Offensive line coach Brandon Jones has been Eakins’ recruiter and the two will likely continue contact once the dead period is over. Eakins’ offers include UNC Charlotte, ECU, Florida International, Georgia Southern and UAB.
Last week’s visit helped ECU standout to Eakins and it raised his interest.
“Right now my top three schools are ECU, USF and FIU,” said Eakins. “I plan on contacting coach Jones soon once he can talk with me again.”
Eakins is hard at work in the gym this summer. His goal is to get bigger, faster and stronger before his senior season.
On July 13 he leaves for Kuwait and will have a special chance to play football for his country. His talents landed him on the Under-19 National Team which will compete in the 2014 International Federation of American Football World Championship. The eight-nation tournament spans from July 7-16 in Kuwait City and the U.S. will compete in a field containing national teams from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Kuwait and Mexico.