Thumbnail Sketches by Al Myatt
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Number of signees or commitments to date: 20
Most recent update: 08.15.19 > Added thumbnail sketch on Cheraw (SC) HS DT XAVIER McIVER
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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) 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)
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)