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Number of know commitments to date: 17
Most recent: Sammy Batten feature profile on Ridge View (SC) HS RB/DB LATHERON ROGERS-ANDERSON posted and linked on 09.27.16.
TAIJH ALSTON (6-5, 225), DE, Union Pines High School, Cameron … Alston was at East Carolina for the Purple-Gold Spring game and committed on April 16. … He is regarded as an explosive player with 17 tackles for loss as a junior for a 6-6 Vikings team coached by Ryan Riggan. … Alston also had offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Miami of Ohio and N.C. State. … Also showing interest were North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. … Rated a three-star recruit, Alston had 46 solo tackles in 2015 and 53 assists. … Credited with 10 sacks as a junior. … One evaluator said Alston takes good angles to the ball and has speed. … Regarded as the No. 2 defensive end prospect in his class in North Carolina. [Listed 04.18.16] (Image source:247sports.com)
LATHERON ROGERS-ANDERSON (6-1, 190) S, Ridge View High School, Columbia, SC … Rogers-Anderson had offers from Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, Cincinnati, The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Elon, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Lafayette, Mercer, Old Dominion and Towson, as well as interest from South Carolina. … He committed to East Carolina on Sept. 13. … Pirates defensive line coach Deke Adams was listed as his primary recruiter by 247 Sports. … Rogers-Anderson rushed for 1,125 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore at Lakewood (SC) High. … His defensive totals in 2015 included 40 tackles and two interceptions before transferring to Ridge View. … Rated the No. 20 prospect in South Carolina by 247 Sports. … The Blazers, coached by Perry Parks, are off to a 4-0 start in 2016. … Rogers-Anderson has run 18 times for 189 yards with three touchdowns thus far this season. … On defense, he has 11 solo tackles and has assisted on 14 stops with one interception, two fumble recoveries and four pass deflections. [Listed 09.14.16] (Image source: TheState.com)
JAYDEN BORDERS (5-11, 170) WR, Shelby … Borders is from ECU coach Scottie Montgomery’s home area. … He committed to the Pirates on June 22. … ECU special teams coordinator Shannon Moore is listed as the primary recruiter with wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan in a support role. … Borders had offers from Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Miami of Ohio and Ohio. … Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech had shown recruiting interest. … Borders helped the Golden Lions, coached by Lance Ware, to a 15-1 record in 2015. … Shelby topped Kinston 57-21 for the NCHSAA 2-A championship. … Borders had 93 catches for 1,732 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. … He averaged 25.0 yards on three kickoff returns and 11.0 yards on four punt returns. [Listed 06.22.16] (Image source:247sports.com)
DELVONTE “TEZ” HARRIS (6-0, 200) DB, Newnan High School, Newnan, GA … Harris committed to East Carolina on Sept. 7 after being recruited primarily by defensive line coach Deke Adams with support from secondary coach Rick Smith. … Harris made the All-Region team as a junior when the Cougars went 10-3. … Harris also received offers from Charleston Southern and Western Carolina. … Georgia Southern and Missouri also showed interest. … Harris is nicknamed “Tez.” … Newnan started 1-2 with a pair of competitive losses in 2016. … The Cougars are coached by Mike McDonald. … The Pirates offered Harris a scholarship on May 13. … He was on hand for the Western Carolina game on Sept. 3 for an unofficial visit. [Listed 09.13.16] (Image source: 247sports.com)
MARCUS HOLTON (6-1, 170) CB, Georgia Military College … East Carolina received a commitment from Holton on June 25 after he had received offers from Marshall and Wisconsin. … Pirates secondary coach Rick Smith was the primary recruiter. … Smith, who became assistant head coach for the Pirates earlier this year, is a Florida State graduate. … Holton went to high school in the shadow of FSU, at Tallahassee Godby, helping the Cougars to a 12-3 record and Florida 5-A runner-up status in 2014. … As a senior for the Cougars, coached by Todd Lanter, Holton had 31 solo tackles and six assists. … He had four interceptions, 11 pass deflections, three fumble recoveries, caused two fumbles and blocked a punt in 13 games for Godby as a senior. … As a freshman at Georgia Military last season, Holton played in seven games for an 8-4 Bulldogs team, coached by Bert Williams. … Holton had 15 solo stops and three assists. … He had two interceptions, returning one for a score. … Iowa Western topped Georgia Military 20-6 in the Graphic Edge Bowl in Cedar Rapids, IA. … Holton had a 10-yard interception return in the bowl game and two pass break-ups. … He had two solo tackles in the postseason contest and one assist. [Listed 06.25.16] (Image source: 247sports.com)
JERRY HOWARD (6-0, 210) RB, Rock Hill, SC, Northwestern High School … Howard committed to the Pirates on June 21. … Howard played for a Trojans team that went 14-1, rolling to the state 4-A championship after a 40-31 season-opening loss to Byrnes. … Northwestern defeated Lexington 63-13 in the state final as Howard ran 16 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. … He also caught a pass for an 11-yard score in the title game at Lexington. … For the season, Howard ran 199 times for 1,570 yards with 19 touchdowns. … He had 39 catches for 388 yards with six TDs. … Offensive coordinator Tony Petersen was the primary recruiter for Howard with running backs coach Antonio King in a secondary role. … Howard had offers from Air Force, Appalachian State, Army, Charleston Southern, Charlotte, Colorado State, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Marshall, Miami of Ohio, Navy, Old Dominion, Towson and Western Kentucky. [Listed 06.22.16] (Image source: 247sports.com)
KINGSLEY IFEDI (6-3, 215) QB, Charlotte Vance … Ifedi committed to East Carolina on May 21. … Two of his older brothers, Casey and Jamime, attended ECU. … Casey walked on at linebacker with the Pirates. … Ifedi had offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Harvard, Pittsburgh and Yale. … Programs showing interest included Duke, Minnesota, N.C. State, Tennessee and Wake Forest. … Ifedi is a run-pass threat. … He threw for 3,213 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior while running for 800 yards with 14 scores. … Vance, which produced former Pirates quarterback Paul Troth, went 6-6 in 2015. … ECU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen was the primary recruiter for Ifedi. [Listed 05.27.16] (Image source: scout.com)
DASHAUN JOHNSON (6-4, 200) WR/S, East Carteret High School, Beaufort, NC … The first commitment for East Carolina’s 2017 signing class. … Johnson committed to the Pirates on March 7, 2016 after receiving an offer Nov. 10, 2015. … His primary recruiter was ECU wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan. … Johnson also received offers from Charlotte and Old Dominion. … Among those showing recruiting interest were Boston College, Mississippi State, N.C. State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. … He is rated a three-star recruit. … Johnson had 85 catches for 1,493 yards and eight touchdowns for an 11-3 team coached by Caleb King in 2015. … He also had 66 tackles and four interceptions as a safety for the Mariners. … He is projected as a receiver on the college level. … Johnson helped East Carteret to the fourth round of the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs during the 2015-16 basketball season, averaging 13.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.9 blocked shots. … The Mariners hoops team, coached by Billy Anderson, went 26-3. [Listed 03.08.16] (Image source: facebook.com)
CONNOR MILLS (6-3, 290) OG, Buford, GA. … ECU offensive line coach Geep Wade recruited Mills, who is a high school teammate of previous 2017 ECU commit, quarterback Mic Roof. … Mills committed to the Pirates on June 8 after receiving offers from Charleston Southern, Charlotte, Elon, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Mercer, Middle Tennessee, Navy Ohio, Samford, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane and Western Carolina. … Also showing interest were Coastal Carolina and Western Kentucky. … The Buford Wolves, coached by Jess Simpson, were 13-2 last year, falling 10-0 to Cartersville in the state 4-A final…. Mills attended Junior Day at ECU on April 9. … Mills became the second offensive lineman to join the Pirates, following center John Spellacy of Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius. [Listed 06.15.16; updated 06.22.16] (Image source: 247sports.com)
MATT MORGAN (6-5, 260), OT, Corinth Holders High School, Wendell … Morgan helped the Pirates of Corinth Holders, who wear purple and gold, … Morgan also received an offer from Charlotte. … He was recruited by ECU offensive line coach Geep Wade. … Morgan helped Corinth Holders to a 9-3 record in 2015. … The CH Pirates are coached by Guy “Bubba” Williams, a former snapped at ECU. … Williams dad, Chipper, also is a former ECU gridder and noted high school football coach. … Morgan also played some defense for Corinth Holders last season, recording seven sacks for a total of 40 yards. … He had seven solo tackles and 11 assists in seven games. … He is projected as an offensive lineman at ECU. … Morgan committed to ECU during an elite camp on June 10. … … He became the third offensive lineman in the 2017 incoming class. [Listed 06.22.16] (Image source: rivals.com)
JA-QUANE NELSON (6-3, 260) DE, High Point Central … Nelson committed to East Carolina on July 28 after also receiving offers from Charlotte, Hampton and Murray State. … Pirates secondary coach Rick Smith and defensive line coach Deke Adams were involved in recruiting Nelson. … Among programs showing interest were Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Elon, Maryland, N.C. State, North Carolina, N.C. A&T, Purdue, Wake Forest and Western Carolina. … Nelson is rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 42 prospect in the state in the class of 2017. … The High Point Central Bison, coached by Wayne Jones, were 5-7 overall in 2015 and went 3-2 in the Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference, losing 35-28 in the first round of the playoffs at South Caldwell. … Nelson had 19 solo tackles and 14 assists from his defensive end position as a junior. … He had nine sacks for 47 yards in losses in 2015. [Listed 08.01.16] (Image source: 247sports.com)
DARIUS PINNIX (6-2, 225) RB, Western Alamance … Pinnix is listed as an athlete, defensive end and quarterback on the Warriors’ roster for his senior year although he is projected as a running back for the Pirates. … Pinnix ran for 871 yards on 109 carries last season with 12 touchdowns. … He had 70 catches for 1,288 yards with eight scores. … Pinnix also returned a pair of kickoffs for a total of 98 yards, including a 65-yard return in a 47-0 win over Northeast Guilford. … Western Alamance went 9-3 overall under coach Jeff Snuffer in 2015. … The Warriors were 7-1 in the Mid-State 3-A Conference. … The team had a four-game winning streak stopped with a 28-27 first-round playoff loss to Morehead. … Pinnix has run 40 yards in 4.62 seconds. … He had 13 solo tackles and two sacks last season. … Inside linebackers coach Ryan Anderson handled his recruiting for ECU. … Pinnix was offered by ECU on July 23 and committed on July 27. … He selected the Pirates over offers from Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Elon, Furman, Richmond, Virginia, Wake Forest and William & Mary. … Also showing interest were Duke, Miami of Ohio, N.C. State, North Carolina and Vanderbilt. [Listed 08.01.16] (Image source: 247sports.com)
BLAKE PROEHL (6-1, 170) WR, Charlotte Providence High School … ECU offensive coordinator Tony Petersen reeled in the son of former Carolina Panthers receiver Ricky Proehl with assistance from wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan … Proehl’s brother, Austin, plays at North Carolina. … Proehl committed to the Pirates on June 22. … He received offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Elon, Florida International and Georgia State. … Also showing interest were Air Force, Coastal Carolina, Duke, Furman, Liberty, Maryland, UNC-Chapel Hill, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. … The Pirates offered Proehl when he attended a camp at ECU on June 5. … Providence was 5-7 overall last season and 4-3 in the South Mecklenburg 8 4-A Conference, which also produced 4-A state champion Charlotte Catholic. … The Panthers are coached by Brad Bowles. … Proehl had team highs in catches (22) receiving yards (336) and receiving touchdowns (2) in 2015. [Listed 06.22.16] (Image source: scout.com)
MIC ROOF (6-2, 180) QB, Buford, GA … A twin son of former Duke coach Ted Roof. … The elder Roof guided the Blue Devils from 2003 to 2007 and is currently defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech. … A pro-style quarterback, Roof committed to ECU on May 20. … He completed 109 of 164 passes for 1,507 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. … He had received an offer from ECU in January. … Roof selected the Pirates over offers from Charlotte, Miami of Ohio and Troy. … The Wolves were 13-2 in 2015, losing 10-0 to Cartersville for the Georgia 4-A state championship. … Buford has won 11 state titles since 1978, the most recent in 2014. … ECU offensive line coach Geep Wade was listed as the primary recruiter for Wade with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen in a support role. [Listed 05.27.16] (Image source: 247sports.com)
JOHN SPELLACY (6-1, 280) C, St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH. … Spellacy, a co-captain of the Wildcats, committed to the Pirates on April 23 during a campus visit the same weekend. … He also received offers from Army and North Carolina Central. … East Carolina offensive line coach Geep Wade was his primary recruiter. … Also showing interest in Spellacy were Ball State, Bowling Green, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Georgia State, Illinois, Marshall, Navy, Purdue, Richmond and Syracuse. … Spellacy developed in the St. Ignatius program coached by Charles Kyle. … The Wildcats were 5-4 in 2015. … Rated a three-star prospect. [Listed 05.05.16] (Image source: 247sports.com)
MYDREON VINES (6-0, 170) WR, Greenville Rose … The hometown product cast his lot with the Pirates on June 17. … Vines helped the Rampants to a 12-3 record and the Eastern 4-A championship in 2015. … Rose is coached by David Wojtecki. … Vines had 41 catches for 645 yards and seven touchdowns last season. … The Rampants produced 4,056 yards passing and had 2,837 yards rushing. … Vines contributed 12 carries for 105 yards and two TDs on the ground. … His longest pass reception covered 50 yards and his longest run was 25 yards. … Vines had two catches for 41 yards in a 61-21 win at 3-A state champion Rocky Mount. … He also had a 24-yard scoring run against the Gryphons. … Appalachian State, Charleston Southern and North Carolina Central made offers to Vines. … He was recruited primarily by ECU defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson and Pirates wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan. … Vines received an offer from ECU on June 13, made an unofficial visit on June 16 and committed the following day. [Listed 06.22.16] (Image source: 247sports.com)
MYLES WHITE (6-1, 175), CB, Dudley High School, Greensboro … White visited campus for the spring football game and committed to East Carolina thereafter. … An athlete with diverse skills, White also played receiver in football and was on a Panthers basketball team that went 18-8 in 2015-16. … Dudley went 13-2 in football under coach Stephen Davis in 2015 and reached the fourth round of the 4-A playoffs before losing 17-8 to eventual champion Charlotte Catholic. … White had 35 solo tackles, 31 assists, three interceptions and 12 pass deflections as a junior. … He punted five times for a 37-yard average with a longest of 47 yards. … White was interested in ECU’s facilities and likes the Pirates’ swagger. … He feels the program is on the rise and appreciates the supportive fan base, according to Scout.com. [Listed 04.18.16] (Image source: scout.com)