East Carolina’s football recruiting class of 2018 grew to five this week as Suffolk (VA) Nansemond River High School star Gerard Stringer responded in the affirmative on Monday to a scholarship offer extended over the weekend.
Stringer paid an unofficial visit to campus on Sunday with his mother, Kisha. After returning home and bringing his father, also named Gerard Stringer, into the discussion, the decision to plan a college football career in Greenville was made.
Stringer starting receiving serious recruiting interest last month, picking up offers from Ohio, Army and Navy not long after Nansemond River’s College Day workout, an event where he also caught the eyes of coaches from North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
ECU assistant coaches Robert Prunty and Ryan Anderson were instrumental in Stringer’s recruitment.
The Pirates project beefing up and refining the skills of the 6-3, 185-pounder for an outside linebacker spot, the same position Stringer plays in high school.
Stringer is the third defensive player to commit to ECU’s recruiting class of 2018. Greensboro Dudley safety Myles Berry verballed to ECU in May and defensive end Trey Love of Southeast Guilford picked the Pirates in April.
On the offensive side, heralded quarterback Holton Ahlers of Pitt County D.H. Conley made his pledge to the Pirates in late January and Raleigh Leesville Road center Peyton Winstead committed in February.