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Recruiting Class of 2010
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profiles by recruiting analyst Sammy Batten.
DETRIC ALLEN (6-0,
180) S, South Stanly ... coached by Luke Little ... Committed to ECU on
July 28. ... a versatile player who projects as a safety or cornerback
for the Pirates. ... The Charlotte Observer reported that Allen threw
for 1,000 yards in 2008 and had more than 500 yards receiving and
rushing. ... Allen also picked off four passes during his junior season.
... Will have the opportunity to acquire needed strength and bulk as he
matures. ... Should also develop as his focus narrows to the
responsibilities of one position. ... Has the ability to come away with
"jump balls" when vying with opponents for possession and can run
effectively after the catch as well. ... 40-yard time is 4.66 seconds.
... Other programs Allen considered included Duke, Wake Forest,
Virginia, Louisville and Arkansas. [posted 08.03.09]
DESI BROWN (6-2, 190) QB, South
Stanly ... coached by Luke Little. ... recruited by ECU tight ends coach
Phil Petty. ... ECU offensive coordinator Todd Fitch was impressed after
seeing Brown work out this spring, according to Little. ... committed to
the Pirates on June 29. ... one deciding factor in his college choice
was the opportunity to play quarterback at East Carolina, according to
Little. ... Other schools suggested the possibility of playing Brown at
safety or linebacker. ... Brown also had offers from Arkansas,
Louisville and Wofford. ... Other programs showing interest included
Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. ... 40-yard time is 4.87
seconds. ... a pro-style passing quarterback with a strong and accurate
arm. ... passed for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, according
to The Charlotte Observer, while running for 550 yards and seven scores.
... 1-A Bulls were 9-4 in 2008. [posted 07.01.09]
SHANE CARDEN (6-3,
205) QB, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, TX ... passed for 1,359 yards
and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2008. ... Also ran for 268 yards and
eight TDs as a junior. ... regarded as a pro style, dropback
quarterback. ... received recruiting interest from Colorado, Boise
State, Rice, Houston, Northwestern, San Diego State and Oregon. ... Had
an offer from Harvard. ... coached by Steve Leisz. ... All-conference
selection. ... Leisz credits Carden's athleticism, arm strength and
ability to throw deep. ... makes good decisions in pocket. ... regarded
as capable runner although that is not one of Carden's strengths. ...
4.98 seconds for 40 yards. ... committed to ECU on Jan. 31. [posted
(6-4, 200) QB, Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College ... could step in
as the successor to sixth-year senior Patrick Pinkney. ... played at
Boston College before transferring to junior college following academic
issues at BC. ... started the last three games of 2008 for the Eagles,
for whom he was mentored by former Pirates coach Steve Logan. ... Davis
replaced injured BC signal caller Chris Crane and finished the season by
completing 63 of 138 passes for 741 yards with six touchdowns. ...
commitment to ECU announced by Sammy Batten of the Fayetteville
Observer/Bonesville on Nov. 11. ... Davis threw for 2,758 yards and 28
touchdowns as a senior at Kathleen High in Lakeland, Fla. in 2006. ...
redshirted at BC in 2007. ... Had helped Fort Scott to a 10-0 record
through Nov. 11, completing 79 of 156 passes for 1,116 yards and five
touchdowns. ... coached by Jeff Sims, who calls Davis "the most accurate
quarterback I've ever dealt with." [posted 10.17.09]
national letter of intent with ECU in December but did not enroll in
school for the spring semester.
MAURICE FALLS (6-3, 220) DE,
Belmont (NC) South Point High ... coached by John Devine. ... made 66
tackles, including 11 sacks, as a junior in earning All Big South 3-A
Conference honors. ... made a commitment to East Carolina in July. ...
recruited by Pirates assistant Donnie Kirkpatrick. ... runs 40 yards in
4.5 seconds. ... Navy and North Carolina A&T also had offered Falls
scholarships. ... Duke had shown interest in the former defensive back
for the Red Raiders. ... Falls' comfort level with Kirkpatrick and
defensive ends coach Vernon Hargreaves were influential in his selection
of ECU. ... has significant physical growth potential, according to
Devine. ... hopes to graduate high school in December, enroll at ECU in
January and take part in Pirates' 2010 spring practice. [posted 08.18.09]
(6-5, 315) OL, Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College ... junior college
teammate of former Boston College quarterback Dominique Davis, who has
also signed with the Pirates. ... Garrett already has enrolled at ECU
and has added about 20 pounds to his fall playing weight of 295 pounds.
... projects as an offensive tackle for ECU. ... received offers from
Eastern Michigan and Southern Miss. ... also received recruiting
interest from Tulsa, Kansas and Nebraska. ... played on the high school
level at Shawnee Mission East in Kansas. ... coached by Jeff Sims. ...
Fort Scott Greyhounds were 9-2 in 2008. [posted 02.02.10]
JACOB GEARY (6-3, 220) LB,
Hillsborough (NC) Cedar Ridge High ... Geary was "discovered" by East
Carolina assistant Rick Smith while scouting a player at Eastern
Alamance. ... Geary is coached by his dad, Lou Geary, at Cedar Ridge.
... The younger Geary attended Junior Day in April of 2009 on the East
Carolina campus and was offered a scholarship during the visit by
Pirates head coach Skip Holtz. ... Geary accepted soon afterwards. ...
Geary lettered on the Cedar Ridge varsity as a freshman at fullback. ...
As a sophomore, he started at fullback and middle linebacker. ... Was in
on 133 tackles and had nine sacks as a junior in 2008 with 21 tackles
and a fumble return in the game with Burlington Cummings. ... Had 50
tackles and an interception through the first half of the 2009 season.
... Had a 3.5 grade point average prior to his senior year. ... Also
received a scholarship offer from Western Carolina with many other
programs showing interest. ... State runner-up in the discus as a
junior. ... [posted 09.17.09]
DREW GENTRY (6-6, 300) OT, North
Florida Christian, Tallahassee, FL ... played varsity at Maclay School
in Tallahassee the last three years after moving from Indiana. ...
Transferred to North Florida for the 2009 season, where he will be
coached by Tim Cokely. ... Committed to ECU on April 20 after a visit to
the Pirates spring football game. ... Gentry also had an offer from
Marshall. ... Auburn and Notre Dame had shown interest. ... lived in
Evansville, IN, up to the seventh grade. ... His mother passed away from
complications of lupus and fibromyalgia before his eighth grade year.
... Father's values are similar to those of Coach Skip Holtz, according
to the player. ... Team captain the last two years at Maclay. ... Has
the intelligence to comprehend collegiate blocking schemes and will be a
full academic qualifier, according to Cokely [posted 05.01.09]
JEREMY GROVE (6-1, 231) LB,
Governor Thomas Johnson High, Frederick, MD ... transferred from Urbana
High in Ijamsville, MD, where he was among team leaders in tackles as a sophomore ... Had
95 tackles in eight games at Thomas Johnson as a junior, missing three
games with an ankle injury. ... also received offers from Louisville and
Navy. ... Schools showing interest included Boston College, Duke, Notre
Dame, Pitt, Wake Forest and West Virginia. ... Grove sent Pirates a tape
that sparked ECU's recruiting interest. ... Grove said he was impressed
by the philosophy and coaching of ECU defensive coordinator Greg Hudson
and the job the program has done in developing linebacker Nick Johnson.
... visited many ACC and Big East schools but liked his projected fit at
ECU. ... was friends with late Pitt receiver Billy Gaines who was from
his hometown. Grove dedicated himself to playing on the Division I level
as a youth after Gaines died in a fall from a church rafter after his
freshman year at Pitt. ... coached by Ben Wright at Thomas Johnson, who
regards Grove as a solid run stopper. ... Grove's 40-yard time is 4.78
seconds, he bench presses 365 pounds and has a 515-pound effort in the
squat. ... his vertical jump is 34 inches. [posted 05.27.09; minor corrections made 05.29.09]
MACK HELMS (6-3, 275), DT,
Tallahassee (FL) Leon High ... Helms had not played football until the
ninth grade, having been homeschooled up to that point. ... Began his
football career at Katy, Texas. ... Missed spring practice at Leon in
2009 with an ankle injury but still received recruiting interest from
Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Marshall, South Florida and Southern
Miss. ... Recruited by Pirates assistant Rick Smith. ... Coached by Bill
Ragans at Leon. ... made an unofficial visit to Greenville this summer.
... His dad, Mack Helms III, played golf at Florida. ... Ragans, who
played at Florida State when ECU coach Skip Holtz was a graduate
assistant there, said Helms has a special intensity about him and
credits his work ethic. ... Good student with 3.07 grade point average. [posted 09.16.09]
TAYLOR HUDSON (6-4,
280) OL, Mauldin (SC) High ... coached by Doug Shaw ... Hudson is
athletic and has the size to play offensive guard at the next level but
could grow into a tackle, according to ESPN's recruiting analysis. ...
The website also credits elements of Shaw's run and pass blocking but
says he "needs to work on setting back a little quicker and anchoring
down. Speed rusher can get into him at times before set. Must be careful
to not overextend and lunge at rusher." ... other programs involved in
Hudson's recruiting included Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C.
State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky. ... Committed to
ECU on July 25. ... Mauldin High Mavs went 6-6 in 2008, returning nine
of 11 starters on offense for 2009. ... Hudson's 40-yard time is 5.68
seconds. [posted 08.03.09]
LAMAR IVEY (6-1,
182) Ath, Eastern Alamance ... outstanding as quarterback with 2,200
yards passing and 1,400 yards rushing in 2009 with 43 touchdowns. ...
Because of Ivey's 4.4 second speed (40 yards), he projects as a wide
receiver at ECU. ... Ivey had one catch for four yards in North
Carolina's Shrine Bowl victory in December. ... Ivey had 1,435 yards
passing with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions as a junior in 2008.
... His junior numbers also included 700 yards rushing with 11 TDs. ...
bench presses 235 pounds, squat lifts 355 pounds and has a 35-inch
vertical jump. ... Has a 2.7 grade point average. ... committed to ECU
on Jan. 31 after visits to Kentucky, North Carolina and N.C. State. ...
also received recruiting interest from Appalachian State, Duke, Virginia
Military and West Virginia. ... led Eastern Alamance to a 14-2 record in
2009. ... Ivey threw a 54-yard scoring pass in a 28-21 loss to West
Rowan in the state 3-A final and also scored on a 1-yard run. [posted
(6-1, 218) DE/LB, Wyoming Seminary ... Officially enrolled early at ECU
for spring semester as a freshman. ... Signed a grant-in-aid and will
join Pirates for spring drills. ... Coached at Wyoming Seminary by Terry
Karg. ... Helped Blue Knights to a No. 3 national ranking among the
nation’s prep schools. … Wyoming Seminary went 7-1. ... Part of a
defensive unit that held opponents to only 6.8 points per game and
posted three shutouts. ... High School: Graduated from The Cardinal
Gibbons School in Baltimore, MD. … Recorded 150 tackles as a senior. …
Named to the All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association team
after final season. ... Born March 27, 1990. [posted 02.04.10]
BRADLEY JACOBS (6-0, 190) S,
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College ... played two seasons at Gulf
Coast, earning second team Mississippi Athletic Conference of Junior
Colleges honors for 2009. ... signed in December by the Pirates to
address the loss of safeties Levin Neal and Van Eskridge. ... team won
its league's South Division title in going 9-3 and was ranked No. 8 in
national juco poll. ... Jacobs had 46 solo tackles, 14 assists, three
tackles for loss, one sack and two interceptions as a sophomore. ...
Jacobs visited ECU for its 37-21 win over UAB on Nov. 21 and was
impressed with the fan support. ... has earned his junior college degree
and is scheduled to enroll at ECU for second semester of the 2009-10
school year. ... Jacobs' older brother, Brandon, is a former letterman
at Ole Miss as a running back from 2002 to 2005 and has served as a
positive role model. ... product of Long Beach (MS) High School. [posted
12.29.09] Jacobs was
not included on the list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.
TYRONE JOHNSON (6-1, 180) DB,
Fayetteville (NC) Westover ... recruited by ECU running backs coach
Junior Smith, who played on the high school level at E.E. Smith in
Fayetteville. ... Johnson began developing a hard-hitting style as a
youngster in Pittsburgh where he lived until moving to Fayetteville at
age eight. ... Johnson visited ECU in March and returned for the spring
game on April 18. He committed to the Pirates on May 7. ... Played
mostly on special teams at Westover as a sophomore but moved into a
starting role late in the 2007 season. ... Gained confidence in himself
as a junior with two interceptions against eventual 4-AA state champion
Richmond County. Had 55 tackles and three picks in 2008. ... Coached by
Milton Butts, whose highlight tape of Johnson drew interest from N.C.
A&T, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. ... Butts credits
Johnson's coverage skills and physical style. ... Could possibly move to
safety on the college level. Has played corner at Westover. [posted
05.14.09] Johnson was
not included on the list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.
LANCE LEWIS (6-3,
200) WR, East Mississippi Community College ... expected to enroll at
East Carolina this summer after catching 52 passes for 897 yards with 16
touchdowns for an 11-1 Lions team in 2009. ... East Mississippi won
state junior college championship with a 75-71 win over Mississippi Gulf
Coast in the final. ... had 34 receptions for 546 yards at West Hills
College in California in 2007. ... teammate of ECU running back Giavanni
Ruffin at West Hills. ... helped Concord (NC) to state championships in
football and basketball in high school. ... had 1,151 yards in
receptions in football and averaged 17 points in basketball as a senior
at Concord. [posted 02.22.10]
DAMON MAGAZU (5-11, 175) S,
Charlotte (NC) Providence High ... First East Carolina commitment to
February, 2010 class on April 18, the day of the Pirates' spring
football game. ... recruited by Pirate tight ends coach Phil Petty. ...
Averaged 13.3 points for Providence in basketball in 2008-09. ... has a
4.5-second time for 40 yards. ... Grade point average is 3.6. ... has
older brothers in football programs at Kent State and Boston College.
... Auburn, BC, Clemson, Duke, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia Tech
and Wake Forest had shown interest in Magazu. ... He liked the coaching
staff, the atmosphere around the program and the facilities in making
his commitment to ECU. ... has played defensive back, receiver and also
returned punts at Providence. ... Panthers were 7-6 under Coach Randy
Long in 2008. [posted 04.30.09]
ALEX OWAH (5-11,
190) RB, Hargarve Military Academy, Chatham, VA ... committed to East
Carolina on Dec. 24, according to Rivals.com. ... also received offers
from Memphis, Virginia and Virginia Tech. ... originally from
Harrisburg, Va. ... coached by Robert Prunty at Hargrave. ... Prunty
left Hargrave to become an assistant coach on Tommy Tuberville's staff
at Texas Tech in January. ... Owah is rated a three-star recruit with
good quickness. ... hits the hole hard and has good vision. [posted
LEE PEGUES (6-2, 255) DE, Marlboro
County (SC) High ... Coached by Dean Boyd. ... three-year starter who
has made all-region for three years for 3-A program. ... also received
offers from Duke, Georgia Southern and South Carolina State. ...
committed to the Pirates in early August. ... had 112 tackles, 20
tackles for losses and 10 sacks during 2008 season in which Marlboro
reached the lower state semifinals. ... former Pirate receiver Mitchell
Galloway is a volunteer assistant on the Marlboro staff and brought
Pegues to Greenville for a visit in May. ... Boyd noted that Pegues
benches about 400 pounds, squats over 500 and power-cleans 300. ...
teammate of 330-pound lineman Thomas Teal, who has committed to N.C.
State. ... first defensive lineman to commit to the Pirates for the
February, 2010 signing class. [posted 08.14.09]
(5-10, 169) WR, Greer (SC) Byrnes High School. ... Led Rebels with 50
catches for 962 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. … Returned two
punts, both for touchdowns, and six kickoffs for 128 yards. ... Coached
by Chris Miller. … Named to the all-region team as a senior … Prior to
start of the 2009 season, The State newspaper of Columbia ranked him as
33rd-best senior in South Carolina. … Helped Byrnes capture 2007 and
2008 AAAA Division I State Championships and a runner-up finish in 2009.
… Scout.com rated Richardson as 23rd-best prospect in South Carolina …
Key member of the Byrnes program that opened last season ranked No. 2
nationally by PrepNation. … A three-star prospect according to ESPN.com,
which ranked him among the top 100 receivers nationally. … Took part in
NIKE 7ON Tournament before his senior season. … Also ran track and was
all-region honoree as a junior. … Plans to major in business management
at ECU. … Son of Kelvin and Latis Richardson. [posted 02.04.10]
CRISHON ROSE (6-3,
259) DT, Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD ... coached by
Bryce Bevill ... committed to East Carolina on Jan. 12. ... had 25
tackles and three sacks en route to all-conference honors as a junior in
2008. ... runs a 4.8-second 40 yards. ... also an outstanding wrestler
which he credits for helping his aggressiveness, strength and technique
on the gridiron. ... versatile perfomer who has played defensive end,
defensive tackle, nose guard and fullback on the high school level. ...
projects as a defensive tackle or defensive end for the Pirates. ...
received recruiting attention from Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh and
Virginia with an offer from New Mexico. [posted 02.02.10]
DONTAVIS SAPP (6-4, 205) S,
Valdosta (GA) High School ... 4.5 second speed for 40 yards. ... has
played safety and wide receiver for the winningest high school program
in the nation. ... 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior earned
him an spot in the Georgia North-South all-star game. ... also made all
region team. ... coached by Rick Tomerlin during a 7-4 season in 2009.
... Sapp served as a team captain as a senior and won program's
prestigious "Golden Cat" award. ... Sapp's mother passed away last
January and Tomerlin rates the Pirates' commitment extremely high in
terms of character. ... top rebounder for basketball team that went
28-2, advancing to the final eight in the state tournament. ... took
visit to ECU and saw Pirates' 49-13 win over Rice on Oct. 17. ...
Illinois, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and Western Michigan
also showed recruiting interest. ... depending on gains in physical
maturity and growth, could eventually play linebacker for ECU. [posted
01.08.10] Sapp was not
included on the list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.
TREVOR SAWYER (6-5, 220) TE,
Asheville (NC) High ... helped Cougars to 7-0-1 start and No. 4 ranking
among 3-A teams in 2009 before committing to East Carolina on Oct. 27.
... coached by Danny Wilkins. ... played two previous seasons at Enka.
... played some quarterback at Enka, where he ran a spread-option
offense. ... all-conference as a junior although Enka was 4-18 in his
two seasons there. ... had 17 catches for 346 yards with four touchdowns
through eight games of his senior year. ... Cougars run power I offense
and Sawyer's blocking has shown significant improvement. ... Sawyer also
received offers from Marshall and Western Carolina(6-6, 215) TE,
Asheville High ... Coached by Danny Wilkins. ... [posted 10.29.09]
Sawyer was not
included on the list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.
CHRIS SHARPE (5-10,
155) DB, Stephenson High, Stone Mountain, GA ... Coached on the prep
level by Ronald Gartrell. ... runs 40 yards in 4.53 seconds and broad
jumps 10 feet, six inches. ... Committed to the Pirates on June 22. ...
soft commitment. ...
Had 32 tackles and two interceptions during his junior season. ... Other
schools showing interest in Sharpe included Clemson, Florida, Ohio
State, Rutgers and South Carolina. ... played wide receiver on offense
as the Jaguars went 9-2 in 2008. ... Sharpe's Stephenson teammates,
linebacker Tyrone Cornileus and defensive tackle Mike Thornton, are
coveted recruits. Miami is after Cornileus while Georgia and Georgia
Tech are pursuing Thornton. [posted 07.01.09] Sharpe was reported by Rivals.com
to have committed to Middle Tennessee State on Jan. 27, 2010.
(6-3, 275) OL, East Mississippi Community College ... started at left
tackle and helped the Lions to a final No. 4 national juco ranking. ...
team averaged 41.3 points in setting a school record for wins as it went
11-1. ... Lions defeated Arizona Western 27-24 in the Mississippi Bowl
on Dec. 6 ... coached by Buddy Stephens, who also served as offensive
line coach. ... part of a junior college signing class designed to
address program personnel losses following ECU's second straight
Conference USA championship season in 2009. ... Simpson's nickname is
"Boogie." ... expected to enroll for second semester of 2009-10 academic
year at ECU. ... played on the high school level at Moss Point High
School in Mississippi. [posted 01.11.09]
Simpson was not included on the
list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.
(6-1, 255) LB, Grayson (GA) High ... received a scholarship offer from
the Pirates on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and announced his plans to join the ECU
program the following day, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. ...
visited the campus on Sept. 22, according to the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution. ... also had offers from Eastern Michigan, Kent
State, South Alabama, Troy, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Samford.
... coached by Mickey Conn. ... runs 40 yards in 4.8 seconds. ... had 56
tackles in the team's 8-0 start with two sacks and an interception. ...
three-year starter for the Rams, a 5-A program. ... Williams had 106
tackles and one sack as a sophomore. ... made 97 tackles with six sacks
and an interception in 2008. ... Rams played him in short yardage
situations on offense last season and Williams scored six touchdowns.
... Conn said he "defines Williams as a winner because he raises the
level of play of those around him." ... Conn said he has mobility as a
run stopper and also has pass coverage skills. ... Williams becomes the
third defensive player on the Rams to commit to a football bowl
subdivision program, joining lineman Shawn Green (Georgia Tech) and
defensive back Kori Gaines (BYU). ... through eight games, Grayson
defense had posted four shutouts and was allowing just eight points per
game. [thumbnail posted 10.26.09]
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