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Pirates raid Daytona for talent staff report

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East Carolina has added the commitments of three football recruits from the Daytona Beach, Fla., area who visited campus the weekend of Jan. 17.

Two of the players, back Travis Williams and defensive lineman Josh Grier, are from Atlantic High. Offensive lineman Richie Santos of Deltona High has also declared his intentions to become a Pirate.

Williams (5-feet-11, 175 pounds), who gained notice with a 4.3-second time for 40 yards at the Nike camp at Florida State, projects as a defensive back although he ran for 856 yards and had 23 catches for 317 yards as a tailback on offense.

Grier (6-3, 315) was second on his team in tackles with 78. Atlantic, a 3-A program, was 7-3 in 2003. Grier, who runs 40 yards in 4.9 seconds, occasionally lined up at fullback or tight end on offense — a scary situation for cornerbacks, according to Atlantic coach Skip Saunier.

The Pirates were recruiting against future Conference USA member Central Florida for all three of their most recent commitments.

Santos (6-6, 290) was initially recruited by former Central Florida offensive line coach Robert McFarland. When McFarland joined the ECU staff, he continued to recruit Santos — for the Pirates. ECU defensive coordinator Jerry Odom was instrumental in the recruitment of the recently-added trio, seeing them in the Central Florida All Star game in Orlando and using his influence in the Sunshine State. has reported on 26 ECU commitments — one more than the annual NCAA limit — but some of the junior college players who have already enrolled will be counted with last year’s class. Signing date is Wednesday, February 4.

In other recruiting news, Greenville Rose star running back Andre Brown committed to N.C. State over North Carolina and Virginia on the Countdown to Signing Day program Wednesday night on Fox Sports South. It is doubtful Brown will qualify academically to join the Wolfpack next season.

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