In the beginning of my senior season, my recruiting attention wasn't real heavy. I was getting letters and everything, but nothing too big.
As the season progressed, things started to increase. I started talking to coaches and then during the Contact Period a good number of coaches started to come by.
A lot of the coaches came to see my teammate, C.J. Curry, but it gave me a chance to sit down and talk with coaches, have them see me throw, and some of them wanted to meet with my parents. It was at the point where coaches would show up every day. Schools like Notre Dame and Cincinnati showed a lot of interest.
Some of the early attention led to invitations to games. I ended up going to games at Alabama, Clemson, and East Carolina.
During my season, I was talking to East Carolina a lot. They kept telling me that they were going to offer, but it took a while. They kept saying, "Just wait and see, just wait and see." So I was being patient.
In early December, ECU came and watched me throw and then they offered me my first big-time scholarship. We sat down and talked, and then they met with my parents. After that, I went ahead and told them I wanted to be a Pirate.
I was talking to my high school coaches a lot. With it being so late, I knew I couldn't be too picky. At the same time, I did like East Carolina – I had visited there and I had a good relationship with the coaches – but I knew I couldn't just wait around and then nothing else come. My coaches influenced me to go ahead and seal the deal, so that's what I did.
I was excited about committing to East Carolina. I got real close with coach Duane Price – he recruited my area. He believed in me. The whole time, he told me he would offer me right away if it were his decision – and that was from day one.
Just before Christmas, Ole Miss offered me. When Ole Miss came in, I don't know what it was but something just didn't feel right to me. I knew they were in the SEC, which is arguably the best conference for football. I liked Coach Hugh Freeze and he did a lot of good stuff at Arkansas State. He had an "Air Raid" offense. But it didn't feel right to me.
I took my official visit to East Carolina in January. Just before that, I started hearing from North Carolina's coaches, because they had just lost their quarterback recruit. Being a North Carolina fan growing up, I was interested – it wasn't like Ole Miss – but I was careful because they didn't offer me at first.
Kanler Coker Journal: Recruitment Part I
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