Thumbnail Sketches by Al Myatt
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Number of signees or commitments to date: 25
Signing Day updates > 12.18.19 > Added thumbnail sketches on: Garden City (NY) Nassau CC DE HENRY GARRISON; Keilor Park ,Victoria (Australia) St. Bernard’s College HS/Prokick Australia P LUKE LARSEN; Highland Spring (VA) HS DT SQUIRAD WARE.
Note: Thumbnail sketches displayed in red font are for previously committed players whose recruiting statuses have changed.
SHON BROWN (6-2, 220) ILB, Clover (SC) High School … Brown had offers from Air Force, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Lehigh and Newberry before making a verbal commitment to East Carolina on June 19. … Programs showing interest included Appalachian State, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Navy and Wake Forest. … ECU running backs coach De’Rail Sims was the primary recruiter for Brown with inside linebackers coach Byron Thweatt in a secondary role. … Clover was 5-5 last season with a 1-3 mark in 5-A Region 3. … Brown is rated a 3-star prospect. (Image source: Twitter.com/Shon_Brown15) [247sports.com reported that Brown withdrew his commitment to ECU on Oct. 9, 2019, and verballed to Coastal Carolina on Oct. 13, 2019.
GER-CARI CALDWELL (6-4, 190) WR, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, SC … Caldwell committed to East Carolina on August 1. … Pirates running backs coach De’Rail Sims was the primary recruiter with inside receivers coach Drew Dudzik serving in a secondary role. … Caldwell also had offers from Eastern Kentucky and Illinois. … Caldwell had 13 catches for 137 yards with one touchdown as a junior, according to MaxPreps stats. … He also saw action on defense. … Northwestern was 4-7 in 2018. … The Trojans are coached by Page Wofford, who was hired after serving as offensive coordinator at Daniel (11-2 in 2018) following Northwestern’s first losing season since 2005. (Image source: 247sports.com) [247sports.com reported that Caldwell withdrew his commitment to ECU on Nov. 28, 2019, and reopened his recruitment.
SHANE CALHOUN (6-2, 230) TE, Creekside High School, St. Augustine, FL … Before committing to East Carolina on July 29, Calhoun had offers from Air Force, Alabama-Birmingham, Appalachian State, Army, Bethune-Cookman, Bryant, Buffalo, Campbell, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Colgate, Colorado State, Columbia, Connecticut, Cornell, Dartmouth, Elon, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kent State, Lehigh, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, Navy, Ohio, Rutgers, South Florida, Southern, Stetson, Tennessee State. Toledo, Tulane, Western Kentucky and Wofford. … Tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Fontel Mines was the primary recruiter for the Pirates. … Creekside was 4-6 under coach Sean McIntyre in 2018. (Image source: 247sports.com)
NASIR CLERK (6-2, 170) DB, Irvington High School, Irvington, NJ … Clerk committed to East Carolina on March 24, the first pledge for the incoming class of 2020. … Clerk chose the Pirates over offers that included Buffalo, Cincinnati, Northern Illinois and Massachusetts. … The Blue Knights, coached by former Rhode Island linebacker Ashley “Smoke” Pierre, were 8-4 in 2018 as Clerk had 37 tackles and four interceptions in earning all-conference honors. … Clerk’s dad, Mike, played football at Wagner. … Clerk and his parents made an unofficial visit to ECU on the weekend of March 23. … Clerk played quarterback, receiver and defensive back at Morris Catholic his first two varsity seasons, totaling 123 yards passing, 233 yards rushing, 312 yards receiving, six touchdowns, 43 tackles, five tackles for loss and five interceptions. … Irvington’s previous senior class included five Division I signees. … ECU staffers Drew Dudzic and Brandon Lynch were involved in recruiting Clerk, who projects as a cornerback for the Pirates. (Image source: 247sports.com)
C.J. CRUMP (6-0, 170) CB, Greensboro Page High School … Crump attended a camp at East Carolina on June 2 and received an offer at that time. … He made his commitment to the Pirates on June 17. … Crump received offers from Campbell, Elon, Massachusetts and North Carolina Central. … ECU special teams coordinator and bandits coach Roy Tesh was the primary recruiter with Pirates cornerbacks coach Brandon Lynch serving in a secondary role. … The Page Pirates, coached by Jared Rolfes, were 6-6 in 2018 with forfeits in their first three games due to players who were not eligible academically. … Page went 4-0 in the Metro Conference and received a first-round bye in the NCHSAA 4-A playoffs before falling to Porter Ridge, 28-27, in the second round. … Crump was credited with 11 solo tackles, 18 assists, two interceptions, seven pass deflections and one forced fumble in 2018. (Image source: Twitter.com/Cjcrump3/media)
ERIC DOCTOR (6-0, 200) OLB, Edgewater High School, Orlando, FL … Rated a 3-star recruit, Doctor committed to East Carolina on June 17. … Programs that offered Doctor included Alabama-Birmingham, Campbell, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Florida International, Illinois, Indiana, Jacksonville State, Kent State, Louisville, Marshall, Mercer, South Dakota, Tennessee-Martin, Troy, Tulane and Vanderbilt. … Primarily involved in securing a commitment from Doctor was Fontel Mines, who serves as Pirates tight ends and inside receivers coach as well as recruiting coordinator. ECU inside linebackers coach Byron Thweatt was involved in a secondary role. … Doctor visited on June 14 and made a commitment to the Pirates on June 17. … Edgewater, coached by Cameron Duke, was 12-2 in 2018, losing to eventual champion Lakeland, in the 7-A semifinals. … Doctor had one interception for a touchdown as a junior and was in on 50 tackles at strong safety. (Image source: 247sports.com)
ISAIAH FOOTE (6-4, 285) OG, Calvert High School, Prince Frederick, MD … Foote committed to East Carolina on June 11. … He picked the Pirates after receiving offers from Buffalo, Kent State, Marshall, Massachusetts, Monmouth and Temple. … ECU inside linebackers coach Byron Thweatt was the primary recruiter for Thweatt with offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler serving in a secondary capacity. … Foote’s blocking helped Calvert average 7.1 yards per rush last season. … The Cavaliers were 6-4 overall under coach Rick Sneade and compiled a 5-1 record in the Southern Maryland Potomac Region. … Foote also contributed seven solo tackles on defense with eight assists and two tackles for losses. (Image source: 247sports.com)
MASON GARCIA (6-4, 218) QB, Carolina Forest High School, Myrtle Beach, SC … Garcia committed to East Carolina on July 5 after receiving offers from programs including Akron, Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Kent State, Missouri, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. … Garcia said his final two were the Pirates and Syracuse. … ECU offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick was the primary recruiter for Garcia with area recruiter Roy Tesh working in a secondary role. … Pirates coach Mike Houston met with Garcia on June 21. … Garcia passed for over 2,000 yards and ran for almost 700 as the Panthers went 8-2 last season. … Carolina Forest, coached by Marc Morris, edged Lexington, 36-35, in the first round of the 5-A playoffs before falling to Summerville, 45-13. Morris previously coached at Harnett Central and Cleveland in North Carolina. … Carolina Forest was 4-1 in Region 6 games in 2018. …. Garcia is rated the No. 20 quarterback nationally and is the No. 5 overall prospect in South Carolina. … Rivals rates Garcia a 4-star recruit. (Image source: 247sports.com)
HENRY GARRISON (6-7, 275) DE, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY … Garrison had an offer from Tulsa and interest from Rutgers before signing with East Carolina after a visit on Dec. 15. … Garrison visited Tulsa on Dec. 13. … Played on the high school level at Tappan Zee in Orangeburg, NY. … A two-way performer on the prep level, Garrison played quarterback for the Dutchmen. … Played in six games in 2019 for Nassau with seven solo tackles and seven assists. … Helped the Lions of Coach Jamel Ramsay to a 7-4 record in 2019. … Enrolling at ECU in January. (Image source: 247sports.com)
RAHJAI HARRIS (5-10, 205) RB, Byrnes High School, Duncan, SC … Rated as a 3-star prospect, Harris had offers from Appalachian State, Campbell, Central Florida, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Connecticut, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kent State, Memphis, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina A&T, Tennessee, West Virginia and Western Kentucky. Programs showing interest included Clemson, South Carolina and Wisconsin, … Harris committed to East Carolina on Sept. 28 after an official visit on Sept. 6. … Pirates running backs coach De’Rail Sims was the primary recruiter. … Byrnes is coached by Reggie Shaw. … Through his team’s 8-1 start (5-1 in 5-A Region 2), Harris had 139 carries for 1,049 yards with 14 touchdowns. He had 14 catches for 181 yards with four scores. (Image source: 247sports.com)
TAJI HUDSON (6-3, 185) QB, Cedartown High School, Cedartown, GA … Hudson was offered by East Carolina on May 9. He visited ECU on June 7 and committed on July 22. … Pirates running backs coach De’Rail Sims was the primary recruiter for Hudson with offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick in a secondary role. … Hudson had offers from Air Force, Akron, Army, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. … Hudson also has the ability to play wide receiver and defensive back. … The Cedartown Bulldogs, coached by Doyle Kelly, were 5-6 overall and 3-3 in region play in 2018 with a 38-6 loss to St. Pius X in the first round of the 4-A playoffs. (Image source: 247sports.com)
TEYLOR JACKSON (6-0, 210) S, H.D. Woodson High School, Washington, DC … Jackson committed to East Carolina on June 24, the day after his Woodson teammate Sean Tucker made his pledge to the Pirates. … Programs that offered Jackson included Air Force, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Massachusetts, Morgan State, Pittsburgh, Temple, Toledo and West Virginia. … Showing interest were Charlotte and N.C. State. … ECU tight ends/inside receivers coach Fontel Mines, who also works as recruiter coordinator, was the primary recruiter for Jackson with inside linebackers coach Byron Thweatt in a secondary role. … Jackson made an unofficial visit to ECU on May 29. … Jackson is rated a 3-star recruit. … Coached by Greg Fuller at Woodson. (Image source: 247sports.com)
D’ANTA JOHNSON (6-2, 265) DT, Dinwiddie High School, Dinwiddie, VA … Johnson received offers from Central Florida, Coastal Carolina, Delaware, Delaware State, James Madison, Kent State, Liberty and Villanova. … He committed to East Carolina on Oct. 31. … Pirates defensive line coach Jeff Hanson was the primary recruiter for Johnson. … The Generals are coached by Billy Mills. … In a 4-4 start for Dinwiddie (3-2 region), Johnson had 41 solo tackles, 21 assists, 10.5 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries, three pass deflections and one fumble recovery. (Image source: 247sports.com)
DAVID LANEY (6-0, 180) Athlete, Highland Springs (VA) High School … Laney played quarterback and defensive back for the Springers, who went 15-0 in 2018 and won the Virginia 5-A state championship. … East Carolina offered Laney on March 24 and he made an official visit on June 14. He committed to the Pirates on June 16. … ECU defensive line coach Jeff Hanson recruits the Highland Springs area and was the primary recruiter with cornerbacks coach Brandon Lynch working in a secondary role. … Laney had offers from Army, Coastal Carolina, Georgetown, Kent State, Liberty, Louisville, Marshall, Toledo, Virginia, Western Michigan and William & Mary. … Laney is rated a 3-star prospect and the No. 24 recruit in Virginia. … Highland Springs is coached by Loren Johnson. (Image source: Twitter.com)
LUKE LARSEN (6-3, 240) P, St. Bernard’s College, Keilor Park, Victoria, Australia … A product of Prokick Australia. … East Carolina coaches were connected to Larsen by the staff at James Madison. … Roy Tesh, special teams coordinator for the Pirates, was instrumental in recruiting the Aussie product. … Larsen will be the third ECU punter from Australia. … Larsen will join the program as a freshman although he will be 28 years-old when the 2020 season opens. … Scheduled to enroll at ECU in January. (Image source: 247sports.com)
DUANE MARTIN (6-1, 235) Athlete, Laurens (SC) High School … Martin has played running back and middle linebacker for the Raiders. … He had offers from Coastal Carolina and Wofford before committing to East Carolina on April 5. … Pirates running backs coach De’Rail Sims is listed as the primary recruiter for Martin with inside linebackers coach Byron Thweat serving in a secondary capacity. … Laurens, coached by Chris Liner, completed Martin’s junior campaign in 2018 with a 4-8 overall record and a 3-5 mark in region play … The Raiders compete on the 5-A level. (Image source: 247sports.com) [247sports.com reported that Martin withdrew his commitment to ECU and verballed to Louisville on June 15, 2019.
J’VIAN McCRAY (6-1, 285) DT, West Brunswick, Shallotte … McCray committed to East Carolina on June 5 after weighing offers from Air Force, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, The Citadel and Tulane. … He received interest from Appalachian State, Charlotte, North Carolina and Wake Forest. … Pirates offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick was the primary recruiter and defensive line coach Jeff Hanson served in a secondary role. … West Brunswick, a 3-A program, plays in the Mideastern 4-A/3-A Conference. … The Trojans were 5-6 overall in 2018 and 4-3 in league play under coach Brett Hickman. … McCray is rated as a three-star recruit. (Image source: Don Callahan/Inside Carolina via 247sports.com)
XAVIER McIVER (6-1, 282) DT, Cheraw High School, Cheraw, SC … McIver received offers from Akron, Central Florida, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Liberty, Middle Tennessee State, South Carolina, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple, Tulane, Wake Forest and West Virginia. … Also showing interest were Arkansas and Michigan. … McIver committed to East Carolina on August 14. … Pirates special teams coordinator and bandits coach Roy Tesh was the primary recruiter for McIver with defensive line coach Jeff Hanson serving in a secondary role. … McIver had 14 solo tackles, 21 assists and nine sacks as a junior. … The 3-star prospect is rated the 14th-best player in South Carolina. (Image source: 247sports.com by Cory Fravel)
KEATON MITCHELL (5-9, 170) All-Purpose Back, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, GA … East Carolina cornerbacks coach Brandon Lynch was the primary recruiter for Mitchell with running backs coach De’Rail Sims working in a support role. … Mitchell committed on Oct. 27 after a campus visit on Sept. 21. … Mitchell is rated a 3-star recruit. … He received offers from Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Miami of Ohio, Middle Tennessee State, Nebraska, South Alabama, South Florida, Temple, Troy and West Virginia. Programs showing interest included Duke, N.C. State and North Carolina. … The Chargers are coached by Jonathan Gess. … Mitchell had 110 carries for 1,158 yards and 26 touchdowns in a 7-1 start (4-1 region) for Eagle’s Landing. He had four catches for 78 yards and one score. (Image source: 247sports.com)
JAQUAEZ POWELL (6-4, 305) C, Pinetops (NC) Southwest Edgecombe … Powell also had an offer from Georgia State before committing to East Carolina on April 2. … Pirates defensive line coach Jeff Hanson was the primary recruiter for Powell with ECU offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler working in a secondary role. … Powell also had interest from Coastal Carolina, Duke, James Madison, N.C. State, North Carolina and Wake Forest. … The Southwest Cougars, coached by J.C. Cobb, were 11-3 in 2018 as Powell had a team-high 28 pancake blocks. (Image source: 247sports.com)
ELIJAH ROBINSON (6-4, 250) DL, Louisburg College … Robinson committed to East Carolina on June 30 after being recruited by Pirates defensive line coach Jeff Hanson. … The Pirates made an offer to Robinson on June 22 after he showed well in a camp at ECU. … Robinson redshirted at Louisburg in 2018, taking a developmental year to work out and add about 50 pounds. … He plans to play for the Hurricanes in 2019 and enroll at ECU in January. … Chris Tolbert coaches Louisburg. … Robinson played outside linebacker on the high school level at Ashley in Wilmington. (Image source: Hudl.com)
JASON ROMERO JR. (6-4, 235) DE, Scotland County High School, Laurinburg … Cornerbacks coach Brandon Lynch (primary) and defensive line coach Jeff Hanson (secondary) were instrumental in Romero’s commitment to East Carolina on June 24. … Other programs that offered included Coastal Carolina, Duke, Florida International, Liberty, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Temple and Wake Forest. … Among those showing interest were Indiana, Kentucky, N.C. State, South Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia. … Romero decommitted from Duke in December. … He was on hand for ECU’s Junior Day on March 23. … Romero had 37 solo tackles with 14 assists and 6.5 tackles for losses in eight games for a 9-6 team that surged to the NCHSAA 4-A championship game before falling 35-28 to East Forsyth. … The Scots were coached by Richard Bailey last year. Lawrence Bartell will coach Scotland in 2019. … Romero is rated a 3-star recruit. (Image source: 247sports.com)
SUIRAD WARE (6-0, 280) DT, Highland Springs High School, Richmond, VA … Earned 5-A All-Region honors as an offensive guard and defensive end as a senior. … Recruited by East Carolina defensive line coach Jeff Hansen and projects as a defensive tackle for the Pirates. … Ware had offers from Coastal Carolina, James Madison, Morgan State and Robert Morris. … Played for Springers coach Loren Johnson. … Highland Springs was 42-2 during Ware’s three seasons as a varsity lettermen. … Top 70 prospect in Virginia, who also received recruiting interest from Wake Forest. (Image source: 247sports.com)
TYLER SAVAGE (6-3, 190) WR, John Champe High School, Aldie, VA … Savage had offers from Appalachian State, Holy Cross, James Madison, Kent State, Monmouth, Morgan State, Richmond, Sacred Heart, Temple, Towson and William & Mary before committing to East Carolina on July 1. … Pirates outside receivers coach Drew Dudzik was the primary recruiter for Savage. … John Champe was 6-6 overall last season and 5-2 in the Potomac Region. … The Knights are coached by Jason Dawson. … Savage has run 40 yards in 4.63 seconds. … As a junior, Savage had 40 catches for 521 yards and eight touchdowns. … Savage also has played basketball at John Champe. (Image source: 247sports.com)
WALT STRIBLING (6-6, 310) OT, Fluvanna County High School, Palmyra, VA … Stribling, who also got some interest from Virginia Tech, committed to East Carolina on May 19. .. Spearheading recruiting efforts on behalf of the Pirates was offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler. Head coach Mike Houston offered Stribling on a personal visit. … Stribling helped Fluvanna County to a 6-5 overall record in 2018. The Flying Flucos, coached by Mike Morris, went 4-3 in the Jefferson Region. … Stribling wants to major in sports medicine and work as a physical therapist. (Image source: 247sports.com)
RYAN STUBBLEFIELD (5-10, 187) QB, Foster High School, Richmond, TX … Stubblefield committed to East Carolina on Dec. 14 after receiving offers from Abilene Christian, Alcorn State, Cornell, Dartmouth, Grambling State, Houston Baptist, Kent State, Lamar, Montana State and Texas Southern. … He ranks 88th nationally among pro-style quarterbacks. … The Pirates offered Stubblefield on Oct. 11 after he impressed the ECU staff at a prospect camp in June. … He had initially committed to Kent State. … Stubblefield passed for 3,181 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior, leading his team to the third round of the state 5-A playoffs. … The Falcons, coached by Shaun McDowell, were 8-5 overall. (Image source: 247sports.com)
SEAN TUCKER (6-0, 170) CB, H.D. Woodson High School, Washington, D.C. … Tucker received offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kent State, Liberty, Massachusetts, Temple, Toledo, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin before committing to the Pirates on June 23. … Fontel Mines, ECU’s tight ends and inside receivers coach, who also serves as recruiting coordinator, was the point man in bringing Tucker aboard the Pirate ship with cornerbacks coach Brandon Lynch involved in a secondary role. … Coach Greg Fuller guided Woodson to a 10-4 record in 2018. The Warriors went 6-0 in the DCIAA Stars Conference. … Tucker visited ECU on May 29. … The Pirates offered Tucker on Feb. 18. … Tucker is rated as a 3-star prospect. (Image source: Twitter.com)
TEAGAN WILK (5-11, 180) S, Berwick Area (PA) High School … Wilk visited East Carolina on June 14 and committed to the Pirates on June 21. … The 3-star recruit trimmed 26 offers to a final six that included Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Massachusetts, Miami of Ohio and Old Dominion. … Michigan State and Syracuse were among schools showing interest. … Wilk is a 3-time all-state selection. … He plans to enroll at ECU in January. … Wilk helped Berwick to a 9-3 record in 2018 with seven interceptions that included one return for a touchdown. … Offensively, he had 23 receptions for 214 yards and two TDs. He had 197 yards rushing with five scores. … Wilk projects as a defensive back on the college level. … The Bulldogs were coached by Frank Sheptock last season. Carmen DeFrancesco has since taken over the Berwick program. … Pirates defensive line coach Jeff Hanson served in the primary role in Wilk’s recruitment with defensive coordinator Bob Trott working in a secondary capacity. (Image source: 247sports.com)