ECU Football Recruiting Class of 2015


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This page last updated: 03.10.15

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Total known recruits to date: 19 (including 2 FBS transfers and 3 players who have enrolled at ECU after originally being recruited by the Pirates last year)

Thumbnails are included for players who have made non-binding verbal commitments or signed letters of intent or grants in aid and/or enrolled in school at ECU during the Class of 2015 recruiting process.


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DARIUS ANDERSON (6-3, 315) OL, Mundy's Mill High School, Jonesboro, GA ... Anderson chose ECU on June 20 over offers from Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Florida International, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion and Southern Mississippi. ... Anderson presently bench presses 285 pounds and can squat lift 425. ... ECU assistant Duane Price was Anderson's primary recruiter with help from Pirates offensive line coach Brandon Jones. ... The Tigers, coached by Greg Manior, were 8-5 in 2013 and went 5-0 in region play. ... Anderson was the Pirates' first offensive line commitment for the 2015 signing class. [Listed 06.21.14] (Image source:

TONY BAIRD (6-3, 210) ILB, Virginia Beach Ocean Lakes High School ... Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills, thus signed a grant-in-aid with the program instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy). High School: Did not play during the 2014 season, but was a key figure in Ocean Lakes' 12-1 record (5-0 in league play) in 2013 ... Compiled 132 tackles, 23.0 TFLs, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles as a team captain during senior campaign ... Also blocked six punts and one field goal attempt during the course of the year ... Guided the Dolphins to the semifinals of the state playoffs before falling to Colonial Forge 23-20 ... Keyed a defense for head coach Chris Scott that held opponents to seven points or less on eight occasions as a senior ... Effort of note was a nine-tackle (2.5 for lost yardage) outing during a 62-28 victory over Western Branch ... Additionally, recovered a fumble and blocked an extra point during win ... Ranked as the No. 8 defensive end in the state of Virginia by MaxPreps ... In all, was a three-year letterman who was part of a program that also produced a 14-1 mark in 2012 and an 8-3-1 ledger in 2011 ... Booked 136 stops (28.0 TFL), 17 sacks and a pair of strips and fumble recoveries as a junior ... Opened 2012 pre-season camp listed fourth on two-deep before earning starter's status at beginning of season ... In addition to ECU, reportedly recruited by Navy as well ... Will join current Pirates DL Demetri McGill and OLB Masaddiq Walton as Ocean Lakes alums on the East Carolina roster ... Turned in a strong performance in the classroom as well, earning inclusion on Ocean Lakes' Honor Roll and standing as Math & Science Academy Grad. Personal: Full name is Tony F. Baird, Jr. ... Born June 6, 1996 at San Diego, Calif. ... Son of Tony and Vicki Baird ... Father Tony played collegiate football at Southeastern Conference member Kentucky ... Enjoys working out in weight room. [Listed 02.04.15] (Image source: <Data source: ECU Media Relations>

JUSTIN BROWN (6-3, 315) DT, Ayden-Grifton ... East Carolina stayed local for its first player in the 2015 football signing class, gaining a commitment from Ayden-Grifton defensive tackle Justin Brown on Sunday, March 9. ... Schools that showed interest included Charlotte, Clemson, Georgia, N.C. State and North Carolina before Brown became the first commitment for the 2015 ECU signing class. ... Brown was primarily recruited by associate head coach John Wiley with assistance from defensive line coach Marc Yellock. ... The Chargers were 7-7 in 2013 after an 0-6 start. ... Ayden-Grifton is coached by Paul Cornwell. ... Brown also played on the offensive line but is projected as a defensive lineman for the Pirates. ... Brown has good hands and moves well for his size. [Listed 03.09.14]

DARIUS COMMISSIONG (6-1, 270) DT, Iowa Western Junior College ... Commissiong was initially recruited by Pirates defensive line coach Marc Yellock out of Bishop McNamara High School in the Washington, D.C. area starting in 2011 before he picked Georgia Tech among offers from Boston College, Duke, Iowa, Maryland, N.C. State, North Carolina, Purdue, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest and ECU. ... Commissiong was dismissed from the Yellow Jacket program in the summer of 2013 and resumed his career at Iowa Western. ... The Pirates obtained his signature on a national letter on Feb. 26 after he had received offers from Georgia State, Idaho, Iowa State, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss and Troy. ... Commissiong became the 19th player in the 2015 ECU signing class. ... Iowa Western went 11-1 in 2014 and reached the junior college national championship game. ... Commissiong had 63 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, earning him second-team all-league honors. ... Should improve ECU's pass rush. ... Must complete his degree work academically at Iowa Western. ... Could be July before he gets to campus in Greenville. ... Likes the genuine quality of the Pirate coaching staff and is looking forward to warmer weather. ... [Listed 03.08.15] (Image source:

DEONDRE FARRIER (6-2, 195) WR, Lake Nona High School, Orlando, FL ... Farrier committed on Dec. 9 as ECU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley made a visit during a lull in practice before preparations begin in earnest for the Pirates' trip to the Birmingham Bowl. ... Farrier had 116 catches for 1,850 yards with 22 touchdowns for the Lions in 2014. ... Lake Nona is coached by Anthony Paradiso and went 8-3 in Farrier's senior season. ... The team passed for 4,446 yards and 56 TDs. ... Farrier's biggest game came Oct. 24 in a 73-22 win over Celebration as he had 13 catches for 291 yards and three scores. ... Farrier is rated a three-star recruit. ... He has sub 4.5-second speed for 40 yards. ... Farrier initially committed to Florida in February but withdrew his commitment in May. ... He visited ECU for the Central Florida game on Dec. 4. ... Schools that offered Farrier included Cincinnati, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Memphis, Miami, New Mexico, South Alabama, South Florida, Tulane and Southern California. ... [Listed 12.10.14] (Image source:

SHAWN FURLOW (5-10, 180) RB, South Central High School, Winterville ... Furlow committed to East Carolina on Thursday, Sept. 25. ... His primary recruiters were ECU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and John Wiley, inside linebackers coach and associate head coach. ... Furlow also had interest from Clemson and North Carolina although the Pirates made the first scholarship offer. ... Furlow said he liked the ECU coaches and the fact he would be close to home. ... Rated a three-star prospect by and 142nd nationally at the running back position. ... Furlow gained 1,154 yards on 113 carries with 10 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012. ... He ran for over 1,600 yards last year. ... The Falcons, coached by Tim Carter, were 4-0 going into their Eastern Carolina 4-A/3-A Conference opener at Eastern Wayne, also 4-0 and coached by Pirate alumnus Bubba Williams, on Sept. 26. [Listed 09.25.14] (Image source:

COLBY GORE (6-0, 170) DB/WR, North Myrtle Beach High School, Little River, SC ... Gore committed to ECU on May 16 following recruiting efforts by Kirk Doll and Rick Smith of the Pirates coaching staff. ... Gore made 48 tackles for a 9-3 Chiefs team as a junior. ... He had eight interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. ... Gore had nine pass breakups and forced two fumbles in 2013. ... On offense, he made 25 catches for 350 yards. ... On special teams he had a punt return and a kickoff return for touchdowns. ... Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Limestone and Old Dominion made offers to Gore. ... Also showing interest were Marshall and West Virginia. ... Gore visited ECU on March 1. ... Gore helped the North Myrtle Beach basketball team to a 22-6 record in 2013-14. ... Gore ran the 200 meter in 23.58 seconds in 2014. ... He has a 53.31 time in the 400 and has cleared 5 feet, six inches in the high jump. [Listed 05.17.14] (Image source:

JOHN JACOBS (6-2, 220) QB, Shawnee (OK) High School ... Jacobs helped the Wolves to a 9-3 season in 2013. ... The team, coached by Billy Brown, was ranked No. 17 in Oklahoma by MaxPreps. ... Jacobs is a left-hander. ... He accounted for 3,550 yards and 42 touchdowns as a junior. ... He is regarded as a pocket passer although he has the ability to run and extend plays with his feet. ... Had a high conversion rate on third and fourth downs. ... Jacobs ran for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore and helped Shawnee reach the 5-A playoffs for the first time in three years. ... Committed to the Pirates on May 15. ... He was recruited by ECU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. ... Jacobs also received offers from Alabama-Birmingham and Troy. ... Schools with interest included Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt. ... Jacobs has bench pressed 305 pounds and squatted 450. ... He has a 4.49-second clocking for 40 yards and a 31-inch vertical jump. [Listed 05.16.14]

VICTOR JOHNSON (6-5, 250) OL, North Augusta High School, North Augusta, SC ... Appalachian State, Charlotte and Furman also submitted offers to Johnson who visited ECU on June 21 and committed to the Pirates the same day. ... Donnie Kirkpatrick served as the primary recruiter in earning Johnson's pledge and ECU offensive line coach Brandon Jones offered assistance. ... Johnson became the Pirates' second offensive line commitment for the 2015 signing class, a day after Darius Anderson cast his lot with ECU. ... Under coach Dan Pippen in 2013, the Yellowjackets were 12-2 overall and 4-1 in region play. ... North Augusta was rated No. 7 in South Carolina by Maxpreps. [Listed 06.21.14] (Image source: [Johnson withdrew his commitment to ECU and pledged to Appalachian State on 09.26.14.]

ABU KAI KAI (6-2, 250) LB/DE, Kettle Run High School, Nokesville, VA ... Kai Kai made a visit to East Carolina for the Pirates' spring football game on April 12 and soon accepted a scholarship offer. ... Old Dominion also pursued him but Kai Kai liked the football atmosphere at ECU. ... Cougars coach Jeff Lloyd persuaded Kai Kai to play football after seeing his potential in a basketball setting. ... Kai Kai continued to play hoops but emerged as a football standout through his efforts in the weight room, adding about 50 pounds and two inches since his sophomore year. ... Kai Kai holds Kettle Run weight room records in the power clean left (315) and the dead lift (605). ... He has done 335 in the bench press and squatted 545. ... ECU defensive line coach Marc Yellock was Kai Kai's primary recruiter. ... Kettle Run was 7-5 last season. ... Kai Kai made 77 tackles as a junior and had seven sacks in earning first team all conference, All 3-A East Regional and second team all state honors. ... Kai Kai also played tight end although he is projected as a defender for the Pirates with the ability to line up on the front or drop into coverage. ... Kai Kai's teammate, wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner David Eldridge, also is on ECU's recruiting radar. ... Eldridge had 1,463 yards receiving as a junior and has received offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Illinois, Old Dominion and Virginia. .... [Listed 05.01.14] (Image source: — Was not included on East Carolina's official list of signees as announced on Signing Day, Feb. 4, 2015]

CHRIS MANGUS (6-0, 182) RB, Raleigh Broughton High School via Virginia Tech. ... Mangus transferred to ECU from Virginia Tech and has practiced with the Pirates scout team during the 2014 season. ... Mangus moved from running back to receiver while with the Hokies. ... He played in 12 games for Virginia Tech in 2013, making one start …He was in on 149 plays as a redshirt freshman, 115 on offense and 34 on special teams … Mangus caught nine passes for 72 yards, while also rushing 26 times for 141 yards and a touchdown … Played for former Broughton coach Chris Martin in high school. ... Rushed for 1,658 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior for the Caps. ... Ran for 1,312 yards and 13 TDs as a junior when he was Cap-Eight 4-A Conference Offensive Player of the Year. ... Mangus ran for 1,184 yards and 13 scores as a high school sophomore. ... Had a 290-pound bench press, 370-pound front squat and 285-pound clean as a freshman at Virginia Tech, where he was majoring in human development. ... His 21st birthday was Dec. 2. ... Rated the No. 18 player in the state by The Charlotte Observer as a high school senior. ... Rivals had him No. 30 among running backs nationally. ... Also ran sprints in track in high school. ... [Listed 10.14.14]  (Image source:

C.J. MAYBIN (6-4, 195) DB, Cardinal Gibbons High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL ... Maybin had scholarship offers from Bethune-Cookman, Florida International, Georgia State, Ohio, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Western Michigan before committing to ECU on Aug. 15. ... Maybin will make an official visit to Greenville on Oct. 4 when the Pirates play SMU. ... ECU offensive line coach Brandon Jones and outside linebackers coach Duane Price were Maybin's primary recruiters. ... Maybin's former Cardinal Gibbons teammate, offensive lineman Erik Lenzen, is a freshman at ECU. ... Maybin projects as a safety for the Pirates although he could move to outside linebacker if he gets bigger. ... Maybin had four interceptions last season for an 8-3 Chiefs team. ... Cardinal Gibbons, coached by Michael Morrill, is off to a 2-0 start in 2014. ... [Listed 09.11.14] (Image source:

DALTON MONTGOMERY (6-6, 255) OT, Lake Dallas High School, Corinth, TX ... Recommended to the Pirates by Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who was the position coach of ECU offensive line coach Brandon Jones at Texas Tech. ... Montgomery is No. 1 academically in his high school class, which drew recruiting interest from academically elite programs such as Dartmouth and Davidson. ... Lake Dallas coach Mike Young said his players are familiar with ECU because of its frequent appearances on ESPN. ... Montgomery made a verbal commitment to the Pirates on Dec. 30 although he is yet to make a campus visit. ... Montgomery has been a two-year starter on the Lake Dallas varsity. ... The Falcons were 9-2 in 2014, competing on the 5-A level. ... Montgomery was second team all-district as a junior. ... He was first team all-district as a senior and honorable mention all-state. ... Montgomery has played in an offense similar to ECU's. [Listed 01.10.15] (Image source: Twitter)

EMMANUEL OLENGA (6-4, 241), DE, Charlotte Olympic High School ... The athletic Olenga had offers from Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee among others before committing to ECU on Dec. 22. ... Donnie Kirkpatrick was listed as the primary recruiter with defensive line coach Marc Yellock contributing assistance. ... Olenga runs 40 yards in 4.7 seconds and has bench pressed 280 pounds. ... He has a 2.9 grade point average. ... Olympic is coached by Keith Wilkes. ... The Trojans were 5-7 in 2014 with a 3-4 record in the South Mecklenburg Eight 4-A Conference. ... Olenga was averaging 4.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in the Trojans 8-1 start for the 2014-15 basketball season. ... He also received offers from Campbell, Charlotte, Miami of Ohio, Old Dominion and Towson. ... Among the programs showing interest were Clemson, Florida State, Missouri, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Wake Forest. [Listed 12.27.14] (Image source: [Olenga withdrew his commitment to ECU and pledged to N.C. State on 01.24.15]

NHYRE QUINERLY (5-11, 180) CB, Lake Taylor High School, Norfolk, VA ... Taylor committed to the Pirates on July 26 after receiving offers from Wisconsin, Virginia, N.C. State, Massachusetts and James Madison. ... ECU associate head coach John Wiley and defensive coordinator Rick Smith were involved in Quinerly's recruiting. ... Quinerly emerged as a prospect during his sophomore season in 2012 when he had 56 tackles, 24 pass breakups and four interceptions. ... The Titans, coached by Hank Sawyer, were 10-3 in 2013. ... Quinerly is rated a three-star recruit by ... [Listed 07.27.14] (Image source:

TAZ RICHARDSON (6-0,185) WR, Mauldin, SC ... Richardson committed to the Pirates on May 28 after breaking school records for catches in a season (70), receiving yards in a season (1,068) and catches in a game. ... Richardson's efforts helped the Mavericks to a 7-5 record. ... He scored nine touchdowns receiving and returned a punt for a TD. ... His performance earned him all-region honors and he was named offensive MVP of the team. ... Charlotte offered Richardson after ECU. ... Also showing interest were Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern, Liberty and Richmond. ... Richardson has been clocked in 4.56 seconds for 40 yards. ... Mauldin's Dre Massey, an athlete with 4.3 speed, signed with ECU in the 2014 class. ... Donnie Kirkpatrick handled Richardson's recruiting for the Pirate staff. ... Richardson visited ECU for the spring game and was impressed with the facilities. ... Lee Taylor coaches Mauldin. ... Richardson hopes to major in business. [Listed 06.01.04]  (Image source: — Was not included on East Carolina's official list of signees as announced on Signing Day, Feb. 5, 2014]

JUSTIN SANDIFER (6-4, 313) OT, Hinds (MS) Community College ... Sandifer originally committed to Louisville. ... He visited East Carolina on Jan. 23 and committed to the Pirates on Jan. 26. ... Hinds featured former Greensboro Page standout James Summers, who has also committed to ECU, at quarterback. ... The Eagles were 5-4 in 2014 and 3-3 in league play. ... Hinds is coached by Gene Murphy. ... New Pirates offensive coordinator Dave Nichol was the primary recruiter for Sandifer. ... 24/7 Sports rated Sandifer as the No. 20 offensive tackle in the junior college class of 2015. ... Sandifer had offers from Florida, Georgia and Mississippi State earlier in his career. ... He played on the high school level at Leflore County. ... His hometown is Greenwood, MS. ... Sandifer plans to enroll at ECU this summer. ... He is rated a three-star recruit. ... [Listed 01.28.14] (Image source:

DERRELL SCOTT (5-11, 194) RB, Havelock, University of Tennessee ... Scott helped Havelock to three 3-A state championships as he rushed for 93 touchdowns and over 6,000 yards for the Rams. ... Injuries limited his playing time at Tennessee. ... Coached on the high school level by Jim Bob Bryant. ... Scott will have to sit out the 2015 season but plans to enroll at ECU and take part in upcoming spring practice. ... Scott was a four-year starter in high school, seeing time at running back, receiver and defensive back. ... Had five interceptions as a freshman for the Rams. ... His final list coming out of high school included Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and South Florida. ... He picked Tennessee over South Carolina. ... A foot injury kept him out until the sixth game of the 2014 season when he had six carries for 42 yards against Chattanooga. ... Two carries the next game against Ole Miss produced minus-2 yards before a hand injury sidelined Scott for the remainder of the season. ... Scott had close to a 4.0 grade point average at Havelock. ... Getting closer to family was reportedly a factor in his decision to join the program at ECU, which had made an offer after his sophomore season at Havelock. [Listed 01.15.15] (Image source:

COREY SEARGENT (6-0, 180) DB, Rock Hill (SC) Northwestern High School ... Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills ... Re-signed (grant-in-aid) with head coach Ruffin McNeill's program after initially inking a national letter-of-intent with East Carolina in February, 2014. High School: A high-impact defender who played a key role in Northwestern High School's state championship run and perfect 15-0 season in 2013 ... Trojans earned a final national rank of ninth (9th) after routing Stratford 62-35 in the state title contest on Dec. 7 ... Credited with 148 tackles (91 solo), seven pass breakups, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, the latter including a 34-yard return ... Also logged 3.0 tackles for lost yardage from his secondary position for coach Kyle Richardson ... Was the Charlotte Observer's Region Defensive Player-of-the-Year and earned first-team all-region accolades ... A three-star prospect who ranked among the top 35 overall players in the state of South Carolina according to ... Also earned a final scout grade of 74 and rates as one of the top 110 safeties nationally ... Offensively, pulled down six receptions for 133 yards and a TD, and while on special teams, contributed an 81-yard kickoff return vs. Gaffney as a senior ... Top defensive single-game performance(s) were a pair of 20 solo tackle outings against Charlotte Catholic and Byrnes ... Selected to play in the prestigious Shrine Bowl ... A key contributor to NHS's 12-3 record (6-1 in league play) in 2012 while a junior ... Various recruiting publications consistently used "loves to hit and play full speed" when describing approach to game ... Originally committed to East Carolina on Jan. 21, 2014 ...Also reportedly recruited by Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska ... Played in same prep program as former Pirate ILB Brandon Williams. [Listed 02.04.15] (Image source: <Data source: ECU Media Relations>

KYRON SPELLER (6-1, 235) DL, Virginia Beach Kempsville High School ... Officially re-enrolled at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills ... Initially inked a national letter-of-intent with East Carolina in February, 2014 but withdrew after enrolling in the second summer session. High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-time Virginian-Pilot All-Beach District selection ... Played on both sides of the ball (fullback and defensive line) for Kempsville High School, but will be regarded as a defender at the collegiate level ... Posted 65 tackles, 10.5 stops for lost yardage, six sacks, two forced fumbles, three blocks as a senior ... Also scored three touchdowns in 2013 ... During junior campaign, logged 75 hits, 14.5 TFLs, six sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, two blocks and an interception ... Served as the Chiefs' team captain during senior year ... Ranks as the No. 28 overall prospect in the Commonwealth of Virginia according to various recruiting services ... Committed to the Pirate program on Dec. 10, 2013 prior to ECU's departure for the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl ... Also reportedly recruited by Army and Navy. Personal: Full name is Kyron D. Speller ... Born Nov. 7, 1994 at Norfolk, Va. ... Son of Kendra Speller and Ronald Briley, Jr. ... Hobbies include paintball, four-wheeling and working on cars. [Listed 02.04.15] (Image source: <Data source: ECU Media Relations>

JUSTIN STROZIER (6-1, 170) WR, Woodland High School, Stockbridge, GA ... Strozier caught 58 passes as a junior in 2013. ... His receptions accounted for 933 yards and six touchdowns. ... Despite that production, Woodland won just two games in Scott Schmitt's final season as coach. ... Steve Davenport will direct the Wolfpack in 2014. ... A hand injury kept Strozier out of two games last season. ... Strozier committed to East Carolina on June 23. ... Pirates outside receivers coach Dave Nicholl was Strozier's primary recruiter. ... Strozier received offers from Indiana, South Carolina, Georgia State and Tulane. ... Strozier likes the ECU campus. [Listed 06.28.14]  (Image source:

JAMES SUMMERS (6-3, 213) QB/Athlete/WR, Hinds Community College, Raymond, MS ... Summers directed Greensboro Page to the NCHSAA 4-AA football championship as a senior in 2011. ... He initially committed to N.C. State and later signed with North Carolina but did not enroll. ... He has since worked on academics at Hargrave Military Academy and Hinds. ... He completed 93 of 186 passes for 1,506 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior for Page while running for 1,632 yards and 22 scores. ... His efforts helped produce a 15-0 record for the Pirates. ... As a freshman at Hinds in 2013, Summers completed 96 of 199 passes for 1,527 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. ... He ran 160 times for 685 yards with 12 TDs for a 7-3 team. ... Hinds went 5-4 in 2014 as Summers completed 109 of 201 throws for 1,347 yards with eight scores. ... He ran for 1,002 yards with 12 TDs. ... Summers has reportedly signed with ECU and can enroll in January. ... Summers was coached by Kevin Gillespie at Page. ... Georgia, Kansas State and Mississippi were interested in Summers as a defensive back or receiver but ECU offered him an opportunity to compete for the quarterback job. ... [Listed 12.23.14]  (Image source:

DANNY THOMAS (6-2,220) LB, Tallahassee, FL, Godby High School ... Thomas had 64 tackles for losses over the last two seasons. ... Committed to East Carolina on May 23. ... Head coach Ruffin McNeill and defensive coordinator Rick Smith visited Thomas in January and made a scholarship offer after seeing Thomas on tape. ... Thomas plans to graduate in December and enroll at ECU in January. ... Thomas' older brother, Ja'karri, is a junior linebacker at Vanderbilt. ... Thomas started as a freshman and sophomore at Piper High School in Sunrise, FL, and performed last season at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL. ... He had 111 tackles last season and 14 sacks in making second team all-state by the Associated Press. ... The Pirates beat out Cincinnati, Southern Methodist, West Virginia and South Florida, among other schools, to get Thomas's commitment. ... Thomas appreciated McNeill's involvement as head coach in the recruiting process. [Listed 05.27.14] (Image source: [Thomas withdrew his commitment to ECU and pledged to South Florida on 08.04.14]

DARIUS WRIGHT (6-0, 230) ILB, Hutchinson (KS) Junior College ... Wright is from Irmo, SC. ... He committed to East Carolina on Feb. 1 after receiving January offers from Arkansas, Kansas State and Nebraska. ... Wright made visits to Arkansas State and Appalachian State. ... He was hosted on his campus visit to ECU on Jan. 30 by rising senior linebacker Zeek Bigger. ... Pirates running backs coach and special teams coordinator Kirk Doll, an ECU alumnus and product of the Kansas junior college circuit, visited Wright on Jan. 29. ... The Pirates lose starting inside linebacker Brandon Williams from the 2014 roster. ... Wright has run 40 yards in 4.51 seconds. ... He benches 350 pounds, squat lifts 470 and has a 31-inch vertical jump. [Listed 02.03.15] (Image source:

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