Thumbnail Sketches by Al Myatt.
Click on linked names to go to recruit profiles by Sammy Batten.
Number of known commitments to date: 20
Most recent update: Added thumbnail sketch on Deerfield Beach (FL) HS WR LEROY HENLEY 12.09.16.
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) — Rogers-Anderson withdrew his commitment to ECU in November.
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)
MARQUES FORD (6-4, 235) DE, Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, MS … Ford received offers from Cal, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Texas A&M and West Virginia. … Ford was in the program at Rutgers but left following a coaching change. … He initially committed to Tennessee out of East Bay High School in Gibsonton, FL. … He was rated a four-star prospect in high school. … Deke Adams, East Carolina defensive line coach, was the primary recruiter for Ford, who visited ECU on Oct. 28. … Ford’s commitment is the fourth from the juco ranks on the defensive side for the incoming class, including Ford’s junior college teammate, linebacker Cannon Gibbs. … Ford and Gibbs both plan to enroll in January. … Ford had 9.5 sacks for the 6-3 Bobcats coached by Steve Buckley as a juco freshman in 2016. [Listed 11.08.16] (Image source: scout.com)— ECU suspended its recruitment of Ford in late November.
CANNON GIBBS (6-2, 225) ILB, Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, MS … Gibbs committed to East Carolina on Nov. 2 after making an official visit on Oct. 28. … Defensive line coach Deke Adams was the primary recruiter for Gibbs with inside linebackers coach Ryan Anderson in a secondary role. … Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe also offered Gibbs. … Louisiana-Lafayette and Troy showed interest. … Gibbs was involved in 68 tackles in the 2016 season for Jones County, a team high. … He had 11 tackles for loss for the 6-3 Bobcats, coached by former Southern Miss assistant Steve Buckley. … Gibbs had six sacks, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery this season. … He was in on 22 tackles for Jones County in 2015. … Gibbs played on the high school level at Northwest Rankin in Flowood, MS, where he had 291 total tackles in three seasons on the varsity. … He had 14 sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in high school. [Listed 11.07.16] (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)
LEROY HENLEY (6-2,175) WR, Deerfield Beach (FL) High School … Tweeted his commitment to East Carolina on Friday, Dec. 9, after a campus visit on Dec. 4 and a follow up visit by Pirates coach Scottie Montgomery and ECU wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan. … Henley is the 11th-ranked wide receiver in Florida in the class of 2017. … The three-star recruit had offers from Auburn, Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami of Ohio, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Toledo, Utah, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. … The Deerfield Beach Bucks, coached by Jevon Glenn, were 10-3 in 2016, losing to Miami Southridge, 26-7, in the state 8-A semifinals. … Henley also has played basketball during his high school career. … He was at Cardinal Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale as a freshman and sophomore. … He had 52 catches for 730 yards with eight touchdowns as a sophomore. … Henley said he was impressed with the development of Zay Jones as a receiver at ECU. … Jones broke Football Bowl Subdivision records for catches in a season and career in 2016. [Listed 10.09.16] (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) — Howard withdrew his commitment to ECU and verballed to Georgia Tech in November.
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)
KALEN McCAIN (6-2, 185), S, Lackawanna Community College, Scranton, PA … McCain committed to the Pirates on Oct. 16 and will have two years of eligibility with East Carolina. … McCain played on the high school level for Pirates running backs coach Antonio King at Durham Hillside before entering the program at N.C. State. … King was the primary recruiter for ECU with support from Pirates secondary coach Rick Smith. … Programs that also showed interest in McCain included Kentucky, Louisville, Troy and West Virginia. … McCain had offers from Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech before signing with the Wolfpack. … McCain was rated the No. 24 prospect in the state coming out of high school. … Lackawanna, coached by Mark Duda, is currently 8-0. … McCain had two tackles in a 55-12 win over Hocking on Oct. 22. [Listed 10.26.16; updated 11.02.16] (Image source: scout.com)
BLAKE McCLAIN (6-4, 280) DE, Northeast Mississippi Community College … McClain visited on Nov. 12 and committed to East Carolina the following day. … Pirates defensive line coach Deke Adams was his primary recruiter. … Graduated from Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, FL, in 2014… played defensive end in coach Adam Geis’ program. … helped the Saints go 8-3 as a senior… began his high school career at Ponte Vedra (FL) Nease. … McClain initially committed to Florida State and subsequently to Nebraska before joining the program at South Carolina where Adams was formerly a staff member. … Generally rated as a top 85 prospect in Florida coming out of high school. … The Northeast Tigers, coached by Greg Davis, were 6-3 in 2016 as McClain had 15 solo tackles, 14 assists and five sacks. [Listed 11.14.16] (Image source: 247sports.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)
BEN NORRIS (6-3, 230) LB, Myers Park High School, Charlotte … Committed to the Pirates on Monday, Nov. 21, as offensive coordinator Tony Petersen and head coach Scottie Montgomery were influential in the recruiting process. … Selected for Shrine Bowl. … Mustangs, coached by Scott Chadwick, were 11-1 going into a second-round 4-AA playoff matchup with Vance, which features Pirate commit Kingsley Ifedi at quarterback. … Myers Park rated No. 20 by MaxPreps among North Carolina teams. … Former UNC and NFL performer Dre Bly is an assistant on the Mustangs’ defensive staff. … Norris’ older brother Clay is starting quarterback at Georgetown, a Football Championship Subdivision program. … Norris received offers from Coastal Carolina, Elon and Georgetown. … Louisville and West Virginia had interest. … Norris attended a Louisville camp in June. … Both of his parents were college athletes. … Dad, Rob, has been Booster Club president at Myers Park, raising over $700,000, including funds for weight room that is one of best in the region. … Norris had an unofficial visit to ECU on Nov. 12 for the Southern Methodist game. … The Pirates offered Norris last spring. … He plans to enroll at ECU in January. … Norris is projected as an outside linebacker for the Pirates. … An all-conference selection as a junior when he had 62 tackles, eight for loss, three sacks and two interceptions. … [Listed 11.23.16] (Image source: Hudl.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)