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Thumbnail Sketches of ECU's
Recruiting Class of 2010

This page last updated 02.22.10.

View Sammy Batten's report card for East Carolina's football recruiting class of 2010.

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profiles by recruiting analyst Sammy Batten.

DETRIC ALLEN (6-0, 180) S, South Stanly ... coached by Luke Little ... Committed to ECU on July 28. ... a versatile player who projects as a safety or cornerback for the Pirates. ... The Charlotte Observer reported that Allen threw for 1,000 yards in 2008 and had more than 500 yards receiving and rushing. ... Allen also picked off four passes during his junior season. ... Will have the opportunity to acquire needed strength and bulk as he matures. ... Should also develop as his focus narrows to the responsibilities of one position. ... Has the ability to come away with "jump balls" when vying with opponents for possession and can run effectively after the catch as well. ... 40-yard time is 4.66 seconds. ... Other programs Allen considered included Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, Louisville and Arkansas. [posted 08.03.09]

DESI BROWN (6-2, 190) QB, South Stanly ... coached by Luke Little. ... recruited by ECU tight ends coach Phil Petty. ... ECU offensive coordinator Todd Fitch was impressed after seeing Brown work out this spring, according to Little. ... committed to the Pirates on June 29. ... one deciding factor in his college choice was the opportunity to play quarterback at East Carolina, according to Little. ... Other schools suggested the possibility of playing Brown at safety or linebacker. ... Brown also had offers from Arkansas, Louisville and Wofford. ... Other programs showing interest included Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. ... 40-yard time is 4.87 seconds. ... a pro-style passing quarterback with a strong and accurate arm. ... passed for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, according to The Charlotte Observer, while running for 550 yards and seven scores. ... 1-A Bulls were 9-4 in 2008. [posted 07.01.09]

SHANE CARDEN (6-3, 205) QB, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, TX ... passed for 1,359 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2008. ... Also ran for 268 yards and eight TDs as a junior. ... regarded as a pro style, dropback quarterback. ... received recruiting interest from Colorado, Boise State, Rice, Houston, Northwestern, San Diego State and Oregon. ... Had an offer from Harvard. ... coached by Steve Leisz. ... All-conference selection. ... Leisz credits Carden's athleticism, arm strength and ability to throw deep. ... makes good decisions in pocket. ... regarded as capable runner although that is not one of Carden's strengths. ... 4.98 seconds for 40 yards. ... committed to ECU on Jan. 31. [posted 02.02.10]

DOMINIQUE DAVIS (6-4, 200) QB, Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College ... could step in as the successor to sixth-year senior Patrick Pinkney. ... played at Boston College before transferring to junior college following academic issues at BC. ... started the last three games of 2008 for the Eagles, for whom he was mentored by former Pirates coach Steve Logan. ... Davis replaced injured BC signal caller Chris Crane and finished the season by completing 63 of 138 passes for 741 yards with six touchdowns. ... commitment to ECU announced by Sammy Batten of the Fayetteville Observer/Bonesville on Nov. 11. ... Davis threw for 2,758 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior at Kathleen High in Lakeland, Fla. in 2006. ... redshirted at BC in 2007. ... Had helped Fort Scott to a 10-0 record through Nov. 11, completing 79 of 156 passes for 1,116 yards and five touchdowns. ... coached by Jeff Sims, who calls Davis "the most accurate quarterback I've ever dealt with." [posted 10.17.09] Davis signed national letter of intent with ECU in December but did not enroll in school for the spring semester.

MAURICE FALLS (6-3, 220) DE, Belmont (NC) South Point High ... coached by John Devine. ... made 66 tackles, including 11 sacks, as a junior in earning All Big South 3-A Conference honors. ... made a commitment to East Carolina in July. ... recruited by Pirates assistant Donnie Kirkpatrick. ... runs 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. ... Navy and North Carolina A&T also had offered Falls scholarships. ... Duke had shown interest in the former defensive back for the Red Raiders. ... Falls' comfort level with Kirkpatrick and defensive ends coach Vernon Hargreaves were influential in his selection of ECU. ... has significant physical growth potential, according to Devine. ... hopes to graduate high school in December, enroll at ECU in January and take part in Pirates' 2010 spring practice. [posted 08.18.09]

ANTHONY GARRETT (6-5, 315) OL, Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College ... junior college teammate of former Boston College quarterback Dominique Davis, who has also signed with the Pirates. ... Garrett already has enrolled at ECU and has added about 20 pounds to his fall playing weight of 295 pounds. ... projects as an offensive tackle for ECU. ... received offers from Eastern Michigan and Southern Miss. ... also received recruiting interest from Tulsa, Kansas and Nebraska. ... played on the high school level at Shawnee Mission East in Kansas. ... coached by Jeff Sims. ... Fort Scott Greyhounds were 9-2 in 2008. [posted 02.02.10]

JACOB GEARY (6-3, 220) LB, Hillsborough (NC) Cedar Ridge High ... Geary was "discovered" by East Carolina assistant Rick Smith while scouting a player at Eastern Alamance. ... Geary is coached by his dad, Lou Geary, at Cedar Ridge. ... The younger Geary attended Junior Day in April of 2009 on the East Carolina campus and was offered a scholarship during the visit by Pirates head coach Skip Holtz. ... Geary accepted soon afterwards. ... Geary lettered on the Cedar Ridge varsity as a freshman at fullback. ... As a sophomore, he started at fullback and middle linebacker. ... Was in on 133 tackles and had nine sacks as a junior in 2008 with 21 tackles and a fumble return in the game with Burlington Cummings. ... Had 50 tackles and an interception through the first half of the 2009 season. ... Had a 3.5 grade point average prior to his senior year. ... Also received a scholarship offer from Western Carolina with many other programs showing interest. ... State runner-up in the discus as a junior. ... [posted 09.17.09]

DREW GENTRY (6-6, 300) OT, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, FL ... played varsity at Maclay School in Tallahassee the last three years after moving from Indiana. ... Transferred to North Florida for the 2009 season, where he will be coached by Tim Cokely. ... Committed to ECU on April 20 after a visit to the Pirates spring football game. ... Gentry also had an offer from Marshall. ... Auburn and Notre Dame had shown interest. ... lived in Evansville, IN, up to the seventh grade. ... His mother passed away from complications of lupus and fibromyalgia before his eighth grade year. ... Father's values are similar to those of Coach Skip Holtz, according to the player. ... Team captain the last two years at Maclay. ... Has the intelligence to comprehend collegiate blocking schemes and will be a full academic qualifier, according to Cokely [posted 05.01.09]

JEREMY GROVE (6-1, 231) LB, Governor Thomas Johnson High, Frederick, MD ... transferred from Urbana High in Ijamsville, MD, where he was among team leaders in tackles as a sophomore ... Had 95 tackles in eight games at Thomas Johnson as a junior, missing three games with an ankle injury. ... also received offers from Louisville and Navy. ... Schools showing interest included Boston College, Duke, Notre Dame, Pitt, Wake Forest and West Virginia. ... Grove sent Pirates a tape that sparked ECU's recruiting interest. ... Grove said he was impressed by the philosophy and coaching of ECU defensive coordinator Greg Hudson and the job the program has done in developing linebacker Nick Johnson. ... visited many ACC and Big East schools but liked his projected fit at ECU. ... was friends with late Pitt receiver Billy Gaines who was from his hometown. Grove dedicated himself to playing on the Division I level as a youth after Gaines died in a fall from a church rafter after his freshman year at Pitt. ... coached by Ben Wright at Thomas Johnson, who regards Grove as a solid run stopper. ... Grove's 40-yard time is 4.78 seconds, he bench presses 365 pounds and has a 515-pound effort in the squat. ... his vertical jump is 34 inches. [posted 05.27.09; minor corrections made 05.29.09]

MACK HELMS (6-3, 275), DT, Tallahassee (FL) Leon High ... Helms had not played football until the ninth grade, having been homeschooled up to that point. ... Began his football career at Katy, Texas. ... Missed spring practice at Leon in 2009 with an ankle injury but still received recruiting interest from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Marshall, South Florida and Southern Miss. ... Recruited by Pirates assistant Rick Smith. ... Coached by Bill Ragans at Leon. ... made an unofficial visit to Greenville this summer. ... His dad, Mack Helms III, played golf at Florida. ... Ragans, who played at Florida State when ECU coach Skip Holtz was a graduate assistant there, said Helms has a special intensity about him and credits his work ethic. ... Good student with 3.07 grade point average. [posted 09.16.09]

TAYLOR HUDSON (6-4, 280) OL, Mauldin (SC) High ... coached by Doug Shaw ... Hudson is athletic and has the size to play offensive guard at the next level but could grow into a tackle, according to ESPN's recruiting analysis. ... The website also credits elements of Shaw's run and pass blocking but says he "needs to work on setting back a little quicker and anchoring down. Speed rusher can get into him at times before set. Must be careful to not overextend and lunge at rusher." ... other programs involved in Hudson's recruiting included Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky. ... Committed to ECU on July 25. ... Mauldin High Mavs went 6-6 in 2008, returning nine of 11 starters on offense for 2009. ... Hudson's 40-yard time is 5.68 seconds. [posted 08.03.09]

LAMAR IVEY (6-1, 182) Ath, Eastern Alamance ... outstanding as quarterback with 2,200 yards passing and 1,400 yards rushing in 2009 with 43 touchdowns. ... Because of Ivey's 4.4 second speed (40 yards), he projects as a wide receiver at ECU. ... Ivey had one catch for four yards in North Carolina's Shrine Bowl victory in December. ... Ivey had 1,435 yards passing with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions as a junior in 2008. ... His junior numbers also included 700 yards rushing with 11 TDs. ... bench presses 235 pounds, squat lifts 355 pounds and has a 35-inch vertical jump. ... Has a 2.7 grade point average. ... committed to ECU on Jan. 31 after visits to Kentucky, North Carolina and N.C. State. ... also received recruiting interest from Appalachian State, Duke, Virginia Military and West Virginia. ... led Eastern Alamance to a 14-2 record in 2009. ... Ivey threw a 54-yard scoring pass in a 28-21 loss to West Rowan in the state 3-A final and also scored on a 1-yard run. [posted 02.02.10]

DERRELL JOHNSON (6-1, 218) DE/LB, Wyoming Seminary ... Officially enrolled early at ECU for spring semester as a freshman. ... Signed a grant-in-aid and will join Pirates for spring drills. ... Coached at Wyoming Seminary by Terry Karg. ... Helped Blue Knights to a No. 3 national ranking among the nation’s prep schools. … Wyoming Seminary went 7-1. ... Part of a defensive unit that held opponents to only 6.8 points per game and posted three shutouts. ... High School: Graduated from The Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore, MD. … Recorded 150 tackles as a senior. … Named to the All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association team after final season. ... Born March 27, 1990. [posted 02.04.10]

BRADLEY JACOBS (6-0, 190) S, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College ... played two seasons at Gulf Coast, earning second team Mississippi Athletic Conference of Junior Colleges honors for 2009. ... signed in December by the Pirates to address the loss of safeties Levin Neal and Van Eskridge. ... team won its league's South Division title in going 9-3 and was ranked No. 8 in national juco poll. ... Jacobs had 46 solo tackles, 14 assists, three tackles for loss, one sack and two interceptions as a sophomore. ... Jacobs visited ECU for its 37-21 win over UAB on Nov. 21 and was impressed with the fan support. ... has earned his junior college degree and is scheduled to enroll at ECU for second semester of the 2009-10 school year. ... Jacobs' older brother, Brandon, is a former letterman at Ole Miss as a running back from 2002 to 2005 and has served as a positive role model. ... product of Long Beach (MS) High School. [posted 12.29.09] Jacobs was not included on the list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.

TYRONE JOHNSON (6-1, 180) DB, Fayetteville (NC) Westover ... recruited by ECU running backs coach Junior Smith, who played on the high school level at E.E. Smith in Fayetteville. ... Johnson began developing a hard-hitting style as a youngster in Pittsburgh where he lived until moving to Fayetteville at age eight. ... Johnson visited ECU in March and returned for the spring game on April 18. He committed to the Pirates on May 7. ... Played mostly on special teams at Westover as a sophomore but moved into a starting role late in the 2007 season. ... Gained confidence in himself as a junior with two interceptions against eventual 4-AA state champion Richmond County. Had 55 tackles and three picks in 2008. ... Coached by Milton Butts, whose highlight tape of Johnson drew interest from N.C. A&T, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. ... Butts credits Johnson's coverage skills and physical style. ... Could possibly move to safety on the college level. Has played corner at Westover. [posted 05.14.09] Johnson was not included on the list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.

LANCE LEWIS (6-3, 200) WR, East Mississippi Community College ... expected to enroll at East Carolina this summer after catching 52 passes for 897 yards with 16 touchdowns for an 11-1 Lions team in 2009. ... East Mississippi won state junior college championship with a 75-71 win over Mississippi Gulf Coast in the final. ... had 34 receptions for 546 yards at West Hills College in California in 2007. ... teammate of ECU running back Giavanni Ruffin at West Hills. ... helped Concord (NC) to state championships in football and basketball in high school. ... had 1,151 yards in receptions in football and averaged 17 points in basketball as a senior at Concord. [posted 02.22.10]

DAMON MAGAZU (5-11, 175) S, Charlotte (NC) Providence High ... First East Carolina commitment to February, 2010 class on April 18, the day of the Pirates' spring football game. ... recruited by Pirate tight ends coach Phil Petty. ... Averaged 13.3 points for Providence in basketball in 2008-09. ... has a 4.5-second time for 40 yards. ... Grade point average is 3.6. ... has older brothers in football programs at Kent State and Boston College. ... Auburn, BC, Clemson, Duke, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest had shown interest in Magazu. ... He liked the coaching staff, the atmosphere around the program and the facilities in making his commitment to ECU. ... has played defensive back, receiver and also returned punts at Providence. ... Panthers were 7-6 under Coach Randy Long in 2008. [posted 04.30.09]

ALEX OWAH (5-11, 190) RB, Hargarve Military Academy, Chatham, VA ... committed to East Carolina on Dec. 24, according to ... also received offers from Memphis, Virginia and Virginia Tech. ... originally from Harrisburg, Va. ... coached by Robert Prunty at Hargrave. ... Prunty left Hargrave to become an assistant coach on Tommy Tuberville's staff at Texas Tech in January. ... Owah is rated a three-star recruit with good quickness. ... hits the hole hard and has good vision. [posted 02.02.10]

LEE PEGUES (6-2, 255) DE, Marlboro County (SC) High ... Coached by Dean Boyd. ... three-year starter who has made all-region for three years for 3-A program. ... also received offers from Duke, Georgia Southern and South Carolina State. ... committed to the Pirates in early August. ... had 112 tackles, 20 tackles for losses and 10 sacks during 2008 season in which Marlboro reached the lower state semifinals. ... former Pirate receiver Mitchell Galloway is a volunteer assistant on the Marlboro staff and brought Pegues to Greenville for a visit in May. ... Boyd noted that Pegues benches about 400 pounds, squats over 500 and power-cleans 300. ... teammate of 330-pound lineman Thomas Teal, who has committed to N.C. State. ... first defensive lineman to commit to the Pirates for the February, 2010 signing class. [posted 08.14.09]

TORIAN RICHARDSON (5-10, 169) WR, Greer (SC) Byrnes High School. ... Led Rebels with 50 catches for 962 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. … Returned two punts, both for touchdowns, and six kickoffs for 128 yards. ... Coached by Chris Miller. … Named to the all-region team as a senior … Prior to start of the 2009 season, The State newspaper of Columbia ranked him as 33rd-best senior in South Carolina. … Helped Byrnes capture 2007 and 2008 AAAA Division I State Championships and a runner-up finish in 2009. … rated Richardson as 23rd-best prospect in South Carolina … Key member of the Byrnes program that opened last season ranked No. 2 nationally by PrepNation. … A three-star prospect according to, which ranked him among the top 100 receivers nationally. … Took part in NIKE 7ON Tournament before his senior season. … Also ran track and was all-region honoree as a junior. … Plans to major in business management at ECU. … Son of Kelvin and Latis Richardson. [posted 02.04.10]

CRISHON ROSE (6-3, 259) DT, Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD ... coached by Bryce Bevill ... committed to East Carolina on Jan. 12. ... had 25 tackles and three sacks en route to all-conference honors as a junior in 2008. ... runs a 4.8-second 40 yards. ... also an outstanding wrestler which he credits for helping his aggressiveness, strength and technique on the gridiron. ... versatile perfomer who has played defensive end, defensive tackle, nose guard and fullback on the high school level. ... projects as a defensive tackle or defensive end for the Pirates. ... received recruiting attention from Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Virginia with an offer from New Mexico. [posted 02.02.10]

DONTAVIS SAPP (6-4, 205) S, Valdosta (GA) High School ... 4.5 second speed for 40 yards. ... has played safety and wide receiver for the winningest high school program in the nation. ... 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior earned him an spot in the Georgia North-South all-star game. ... also made all region team. ... coached by Rick Tomerlin during a 7-4 season in 2009. ... Sapp served as a team captain as a senior and won program's prestigious "Golden Cat" award. ... Sapp's mother passed away last January and Tomerlin rates the Pirates' commitment extremely high in terms of character. ... top rebounder for basketball team that went 28-2, advancing to the final eight in the state tournament. ... took visit to ECU and saw Pirates' 49-13 win over Rice on Oct. 17. ... Illinois, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and Western Michigan also showed recruiting interest. ... depending on gains in physical maturity and growth, could eventually play linebacker for ECU. [posted 01.08.10] Sapp was not included on the list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.

TREVOR SAWYER (6-5, 220) TE, Asheville (NC) High ... helped Cougars to 7-0-1 start and No. 4 ranking among 3-A teams in 2009 before committing to East Carolina on Oct. 27. ... coached by Danny Wilkins. ... played two previous seasons at Enka. ... played some quarterback at Enka, where he ran a spread-option offense. ... all-conference as a junior although Enka was 4-18 in his two seasons there. ... had 17 catches for 346 yards with four touchdowns through eight games of his senior year. ... Cougars run power I offense and Sawyer's blocking has shown significant improvement. ... Sawyer also received offers from Marshall and Western Carolina(6-6, 215) TE, Asheville High ... Coached by Danny Wilkins. ... [posted 10.29.09]  Sawyer was not included on the list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.

CHRIS SHARPE (5-10, 155) DB, Stephenson High, Stone Mountain, GA ... Coached on the prep level by Ronald Gartrell. ... runs 40 yards in 4.53 seconds and broad jumps 10 feet, six inches. ... Committed to the Pirates on June 22. ... soft commitment. ... Had 32 tackles and two interceptions during his junior season. ... Other schools showing interest in Sharpe included Clemson, Florida, Ohio State, Rutgers and South Carolina. ... played wide receiver on offense as the Jaguars went 9-2 in 2008. ... Sharpe's Stephenson teammates, linebacker Tyrone Cornileus and defensive tackle Mike Thornton, are coveted recruits. Miami is after Cornileus while Georgia and Georgia Tech are pursuing Thornton. [posted 07.01.09] Sharpe was reported by to have committed to Middle Tennessee State on Jan. 27, 2010.

DIAVALO SIMPSON (6-3, 275) OL, East Mississippi Community College ... started at left tackle and helped the Lions to a final No. 4 national juco ranking. ... team averaged 41.3 points in setting a school record for wins as it went 11-1. ... Lions defeated Arizona Western 27-24 in the Mississippi Bowl on Dec. 6 ... coached by Buddy Stephens, who also served as offensive line coach. ... part of a junior college signing class designed to address program personnel losses following ECU's second straight Conference USA championship season in 2009. ... Simpson's nickname is "Boogie." ... expected to enroll for second semester of 2009-10 academic year at ECU. ... played on the high school level at Moss Point High School in Mississippi. [posted 01.11.09] Simpson was not included on the list of signees announced by ECU on Feb. 4.

TERRY WILLIAMS (6-1, 255) LB, Grayson (GA) High ... received a scholarship offer from the Pirates on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and announced his plans to join the ECU program the following day, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. ... visited the campus on Sept. 22, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ... also had offers from Eastern Michigan, Kent State, South Alabama, Troy, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Samford. ... coached by Mickey Conn. ... runs 40 yards in 4.8 seconds. ... had 56 tackles in the team's 8-0 start with two sacks and an interception. ... three-year starter for the Rams, a 5-A program. ... Williams had 106 tackles and one sack as a sophomore. ... made 97 tackles with six sacks and an interception in 2008. ... Rams played him in short yardage situations on offense last season and Williams scored six touchdowns. ... Conn said he "defines Williams as a winner because he raises the level of play of those around him." ... Conn said he has mobility as a run stopper and also has pass coverage skills. ... Williams becomes the third defensive player on the Rams to commit to a football bowl subdivision program, joining lineman Shawn Green (Georgia Tech) and defensive back Kori Gaines (BYU). ... through eight games, Grayson defense had posted four shutouts and was allowing just eight points per game. [thumbnail posted 10.26.09]

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