For a Coatesville, Pa., class of 2015 athlete, the first four games of the 2014 high school season will mean everything to his recruitment.
Amir Ealey transferred to Coatesville this year after a couple of years in South Carolina. Offers have flown in despite limited film coming with him, but the two-way standout is curious if tape from his first four games could lead to more offer.
So curious, in fact, that the 6-foot-4, 230 pound three-star will send out film from his first quartet of games, see what if any offers come in, and then make a decision.
“The last school didn’t really give me my film, so it’s important to me to take these few games to show schools what I can do,” Ealey said. “I can show them more than my film of six games last year did.”
Familiar faces from Maryland, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Temple continue to recruit Ealey hard, while North Carolina, Ohio State, and Alabama are waiting for film. The Tar Heels are in a bit of a different situation, though.
“They came into the picture about two weeks ago,” Ealey said.
North Carolina called Ealey’s 7-on-7 coach to pick his brain about tight ends left on the board. It didn’t take long for Ealey’s name to come up, nor for the Tar Heels to reach out to his father.
“They need a tight end that could come in and start right away and play,” Ealey said. “The offensive coordinator said he loved my film, but he has to go through the head coach.
“I have to call them this week to see if they’re going to offer,” Ealey said. “That would be a big offer. Their tight end went early in the draft, and they used him a lot.”
Maryland, meanwhile, continues to recruit the senior as an outside linebacker. The Terps are hoping to get him into their class of 2015, but are respectful of his desire to wait until his first four games are completed to decide.
Of course, it helps that the program knows Ealey is looking into an official visit there.
“They’ve been recruiting me heavy,” he said of the Terps. “Coach [John] Dunn shows me a lot of love. They want me to commit soon because they want me, but they’re giving me the time I asked for.
“I’ll probably have my first official to Maryland,” he continued. “I want to see how the players interact with each other. When I’ve been down there, I’ve been more so with the recruiting coordinator and coaches. I want to see how the players are and how their friendship is.”
West Virginia desires to land Ealey and use him at defensive end, but the prospect said its staff talks more to his head coach, Matt Ortega, than it does him. Pittsburgh does the same, and the Panthers are angling hard to land him as an athlete.
Finally, Temple has caught Ealey’s eye thanks to its recent run of commitments, including Ealey’s teammate and 2015 cornerback Ahkeema Evans.
Ealey plans to decide midway through his senior season.