ECU Football Recruiting Class of 2014


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This page last updated: 04.04.14

Most recent: Added link to Sammy Batten profile feature on Mesa (AZ) Community College QB BLAKE KEMP.

Total known commitments to date: 28

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by recruiting analyst Sammy Batten.

STEPHEN BAGGETT (6-5, 221), TE, Beaufort, SC ... Baggett committed to the Pirates on Wednesday, June 19 after receiving offers from Appalachian State and Charlotte. ... He was reportedly impressive in a workout at an ECU camp on June 12. ... Special teams coordinator Kirk Doll handled Baggett's recruitment. ... His hometown is listed as Ladys Island, SC. ... Baggett had 18 catches for 372 yards with four touchdowns as the Eagles were 4-7 overall in 2012. ... Beaufort is coached by Mark Clifford, who earned his Master's degree from ECU. ... Baggett said he liked ECU's offense and the program's family atmosphere. ... He runs 40 yards in 4.6 seconds. ... He has also played defensive end at Beaufort but projects on the offensive side for the Pirates. [Listed 06.22.13]

TONY BAIRD (6-3, 220) DE, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, VA ... Baird has the ability to play defensive end or outside linebacker. ... His primary recruiter was John Wiley, ECU's associate head coach who also coaches inside linebackers. ... Baird had offers from Morgan State, Navy, Norfolk State and Rhode Island. ... The Ocean Lakes Dolphins, coached by Chris Scott, were 12-1 in 2013. ... Baird committed to the Pirates on Feb. 2. ... One report said Baird would grayshirt in 2014, focusing on academics. [Listed 02.02.14] Although not included on East Carolina's official list of signees as announced on Signing Day, Feb. 5, 2014, The Virginian Pilot reported on Feb. 6, 2014, that Baird will enroll at ECU in January 2015 as a "grayshirt"].

DESMOND BARMORE (6-6, 295) OL, Columbus, GA, Hardaway ... Barmore committed to ECU on Nov. 16 during a visit on the weekend of the UAB game. ... He also had offers from Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette and San Diego State. ... Programs showing interest included Appalachian State, Florida State, Georgia, Jacksonville State, N.C. State, Troy and Vanderbilt. ... Barmore also went to camps at Alabama, Auburn and Louisville last summer. ... He runs 40 yards in 5.55 seconds. ... Early playing time, education and the coaching staff were factors in his decision. ... His primary recruiter was Pirates outside receivers coach Dave Nichol with assistance from ECU offensive line coach Brandon Jones. ... His high school coach was Jeff Battles. ... Barmore was called a man among boys on his Hawks team, which was 2-8 in 2013. [Listed 12.06.13]

MARKELL BOSTON (6-1, 198) WR, East Coweta High School, Sharpsburg, GA ... Boston committed to the Pirates on Jan. 19 after an official visit on Jan. 17. ... Outside receivers coach Dave Nichol was his primary recruiter with secondary support from offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. ... Boston had offers from Kennesaw State, Liberty, Mississippi State, N.C. A&T, South Alabama, Texas Southern and Western Kentucky. ... Auburn also had interest. ... Boston runs 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. ... Rated a three-star recruit by ... Coached by Clint Wade at East Coweta. ... The Indians were 5-6 in 2013. ... Boston was Defensive Player of the Year in Region 3 as a safety but projects as a wide receiver for ECU. [Listed 01.21.14] Was not included on East Carolina's official list of signees as announced on Signing Day, Feb. 5, 2014].

YIANNIS BOWDEN (6-5, 220) DE, Kernersville (NC) Glenn High School ... Bowden picked East Carolina and committed on Aug. 22 after receiving offers from Ball State, nearby North Carolina A&T and Old Dominion. ... He was primarily recruited by Pirates defensive coordinator Rick Smith. ... The versatile Bowden also plays basketball and runs hurdles in track. ... The football coach for the Glenn Bobcats is Aldine Payne. ... Coming off a 3-7 season in 2012, Glenn opened the 2013 campaign by beating Winston-Salem Parkland, 42-0. ... Bowden wears jersey No. 8 for the Bobcats. ... Rangy and athletic, Bowden has been clocked in 4.68 seconds for 40 yards. [Listed 08.24.13]

TREVON BROWN (6-3, 205) WR, New Hanover ... Initially committed to the Pirates on Jan. 10, 2013 and was a member of last year's signing class. ... Enrolled in ECU in January, 2014 ... Had 66 catches for 1,035 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. ... Brown's senior numbers included 69 catches for 1,182 yards and 19 scores. ... Also threw one pass as a senior for a 35-yard TD. ... Brown is his high school's all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,601. ... Wildcats coached by Kevin Motsinger. ... Team was 11-2 in 2012, losing to eventual 4-A champion New Bern 49-35 in the third round of the playoffs. ... Schools showing interest in Brown included Clemson, Illinois, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. ... Also a standout in basketball at New Hanover. ... Runs 40 yards in 4.4 seconds. [Listed 02.05.14]

CURTIS BURSTON (6-2, 215) WR, Middle Creek High School, Apex ... Burston's commitment was reported by Saturday, citing Mustangs coach Mike Castellano as the source. ... Burston had 54 catches for 850 yards with eight touchdowns in 2012 for a Middle Creek team that went 11-2 overall and 8-0 in the Tri-Nine 4-A Conference. ... Burston was first team all conference as a junior. ... He plans to attend the Old Dominion-East Carolina game on Aug. 31. ... Burston has been clocked in 4.5 seconds for 40 yards. ... He has a bench press maximum of 275 pounds and has squatted 470 pounds. ... Burston had offers from Boston College, Charlotte, Furman, Old Dominion and Towson. ... Schools showing interest included Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. ... Pirates head coach Ruffin McNeill and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have visited Burston at his school. ... Outside receivers coach Dave Nichol is in regular contact with the Mustangs standout. ... Burston also plays basketball. [Listed 08.18.13]

JOE CARTER (6-2, 210) LB, Ponte Vedra High School, Ponte Vedra, FL ... Carter committed to East Carolina on June 28 after a recruiting period handled by Pirates defensive coordinator Rick Smith. ... He also had offers from Air Force, Appalachian State and UAB. ... Carter took an unofficial visit to Michigan State in June. ... Programs showing interest included Virginia, Ball State and Valdosta State. ... Carter's weight-lifting numbers include 285 pounds in the bench press, 245 pounds in the clean and 425 pounds in the squat. ... He has a 3.4 grade point average. ... The Sharks went 9-2 in 2012 under Coach Mike Lloyd. ... Carter had a blocked punt and a sack in a 21-3 season-opening loss to Orange Park. ... Ponte Vedra won nine straight before a season-ending 16-13 loss to Bishop Kenny in which Carter had four solo tackles and one assist. ... Carter had an interception return for 10 yards in a 31-14 win over Palatka on Oct.19. ... He finished the season with four tackles for losses and two sacks. ... Carter had a season high eight tackles (three solo, five assists) against Orange Park. ... He recorded seven tackles twice, against cross town foe Nease in a 35-7 win on Sept. 21 and against Matanzas in a 34-3 victory on Oct. 5. [Listed 07.10.13]

KYLE ERICKSON (6-4, 285) OL, Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt High School ... Erickson became East Carolina's first commitment for the February, 2014 signing class prior to the Purple-Gold spring football game on April 20. ... Britt is coached by Brian Rimpf, a 3-time All-Conference USA selection at ECU who went on to play four seasons for the Baltimore Ravens. ... Britt won the Eastern 4-AA championship in 2012. ... Erickson moved up to the varsity during his freshman season at Britt. ... He has played left tackle for the Buccaneers but is projected as a center or guard for the Pirates. ... Erickson made the All-Mid-South 4-A Conference team last season and also was on the All-Cape Fear region team chosen by The Fayetteville Observer. ... Erickson's commitment was reported by Fayetteville Observer and Bonesville writer Sammy Batten. ... Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest had shown interest in Erickson. ... Rimpf said Erickson has an aggressive mentality and wants to play. ... Erickson said he liked the players in the program and academic emphasis in addition to the football atmosphere at ECU. ... Erickson helped Britt to a Cumberland county-best 5,422 yards of total offense last season. [Listed 04.23.13]

ALEX EVANS (6-7, 230) DE, Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, MD ... Evans committed to East Carolina on Aug. 13. ... He was recruited by Pirates alumnus and defensive line coach Marc Yellock. ... Evans visited ECU in June. ... He had an offer from Old Dominion as well as interest from Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest. ... Evans had 70 tackles and double-digit sacks for a 4-8 Blue Devils team in 2012. ... Evans also played basketball for a 15-10 Springbrook team in 2012-13. [Listed 08.14.13]

CHARLES GASKINS (6-0, 180) DB, Tallahassee Godby (FL) High School ... Gaskins committed to East Carolina on Sept. 29 after receiving scholarship offers from Marshall, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Florida and Southern Miss. ... He had 17 tackles and seven pass breakups for the state 5-A champion Cougars as a junior. ... Godby is coached by Ronnie Cottrell, a former Florida State assistant under Bobby Bowden. ... Gaskins was recruited by ECU defensive coordinator and secondary coach Rick Smith. ... Gaskins has excellent speed as evidenced by clockings of 4.4 seconds for 40 yards, 21.7 seconds for 200 meters and 56.02 seconds for 400 meters. ... Godby made a 5-1 start in 2013 with its loss coming to Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha, 26-9, on Sept. 2. ... Gaskins' nickname is "Fudge." ... His commitment was reported by Sammy Batten of The Fayetteville Observer and [Listed 10.04.13] Was not included on East Carolina's official list of signees as announced on Signing Day, Feb. 5, 2014].

MALIK GRAY (6-2, 190) WR, Chapman High School, Inman, SC ... Played quarterback and receiver for the Chapman Panthers, who went 10-4 under coach Mark Hodge in 2013. ... Gray projects as an outside receiver at East Carolina. ... Gray completed 108 passes for 1,876 yards and 18 touchdowns while running for 667 yards and four scores during his senior season. ... His 40-yard time is 4.46 seconds. ... Gray was primarily recruited by Donnie Kirkpatrick, inside receivers coach and ECU's recruiting coordinator. ... Gray visited campus Jan. 17 and received an offer from the Pirates on Jan. 18. ... Head coach Ruffin McNeill, Kirkpatrick and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley made a home visit to Gray on Jan. 20. ... Gray committed to ECU on Jan. 25. ... He also had received offers from North Greenville, Old Dominion and South Carolina State. ... Georgia Tech also had interest in Gray, who developed his throwing ability playing baseball. ... Gray had a 60-yard scoring run in a 16-15 win over Union on Oct. 25 that halted a three-game losing streak and started a stretch of five straight wins that was halted with a 29-27 loss to Daniel in the 3-A state semifinals. ... [Listed 01.29.14]

TERRELL GREEN (6-4, 190) OWR, Hanahan (S.C.) High School ... Charleston-area talent is regarded as a rangy target who fits the ECU system with receiving and run-after-catch ability. ... Caught 36 passes for 775 yards as a senior, helping Hanahan to an 11-2 record. ... Hawks are coached by Charles Patterson. ... Caught a game-winning 35-yard pass in a 28-21 win over Orangeburg-Wilkinson. ... Received an invitation to the Low Country North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach. ... His junior season was cut short with an elbow injury. ... Also a basketball standout. ... Played hoops for the AAU Low Country Ballers. ... [Listed 02.05.14]

SHAUN JAMES (6-4, 245) DE, Green Run High School, Virginia Beach, VA ... James selected the Pirates on Aug. 13 after receiving offers from Campbell, Hampton, James Madison and Marshall. ... Old Dominion, Virginia and Virginia Tech also showed interest. ... James liked the family atmosphere in the ECU program. ... He said the Pirates liked his athleticism. ... He also plays basketball for the Stallions. ... Green Run football team went 2-8 in 2012 although James had almost 70 tackles and six sacks. ... New Stallions grid coach Jeff McGowan said James has the frame to add weight. ... Inside linebackers coach John Wiley is credited with recruiting James, who was a middle school teammate of Pirates freshman defensive end Demetri McGill. [Listed 08.14.13]

MARQUAVIOUS "QUAY" JOHNSON (5-10, 170) WR/RB, Knightdale (NC) High School ... Johnson committed to the Pirates on Friday, Sept. 6, after visiting for the Old Dominion game the previous Saturday night. ... Johnson had offers from Appalachian State, Old Dominion and Charlotte. ... ECU outside receivers coach Dave Nichol was the primary contact in Johnson's recruiting with inside receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick working in a support role. ... The Knights are coached by Robert Senseney. ... Knightdale is off to a 2-1 start in 2013 after a 23-22 loss to Heritage on Sept. 6. ... The Knights were 7-4 overall in 2012, 5-2 in the Greater Neuse 4-A Conference. [Listed 09.11.13]

BLAKE KEMP (6-3, 215) QB, Mesa (AZ) Community College ... Kemp should provide a degree of depth behind Shane Carden in 2014 at a position that was beset by an injury to Cody Keith last season, the inexperience of true freshman Kurt Benkert and the decommitment of a pair of recruits. ... Kemp has three years to play two seasons. ... He helped the Mesa Thunderbirds to an 8-3 record in 2013 and a 7-1 record in the Western States Football League. ... Georgia State and Nevada-Las Vegas also showed interest after Kemp threw for 2,961 yards as a junior college sophomore with 27 touchdowns. ... He completed 229 of 352 passes, 65.1 percent. ... He ran for 128 yards and three scores. ... The left-handed passer broke his right collarbone in the last regular season game. ... Without Kemp, Mesa lost in the Heart of Texas Bowl to Trinity Valley (TX), 72-23. ... Kemp underwent surgery and has since resumed throwing without problems from the injury. ... Ryan Felker is Mesa's head coach. He values Kemp's leadership, toughness and decision-making ability. [Listed 03.07.14]

ERIK LENZEN (6-6, 280) OT, Cardinal Gibbons, Fort Lauderdale, FL ... Lenzen committed to ECU on July 1 after weighing offers from Bowling Green, Florida International, Massachusetts, South Alabama and Toledo. ... Pirates offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and ECU offensive line coach Brandon Jones handled his recruitment. ... Gibbons offensive coordinator Matt DuBuc is a former wide receiver at Texas Tech, where Jones and Riley graduated. ... The Warriors are coached by Michael Morrill. ... Gibbons was 7-3 in 2012 after starting 6-0. ... Lenzen has quick feet, good running ability and is an effective pass blocker. ... He said he expects to redshirt as a freshman before competing for playing time at offensive tackle. ... Lenzen is ranked No. 18 in Broward County by the Sun-Sentinel newspaper. [Listed 07.02.13]

DONTAE LEVINGSTON (6-4, 280) OL, Santa Monica College, Harbor City, CA ... Ranked 21st nationally by among all junior college offensive tackles, Levingston is projected as a possible guard for the Pirates in terms of filling voids from last season's 10-3 team. ... The Corsairs of Santa Monica, coached by Gifford Lindheim, won their last seven games to finish 8-2 in 2013. They were 7-0 in league play. ... ECU stretched its traditional recruiting parameters to attract Levingston from a group of schools that included Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech. ... A total of 11 Football Bowl Subdivision programs reportedly made offers to Levingston. [Listed 02.05.14]

GARRETT MCGHIN (6-6, 255) OL, Tallahassee, FL, Florida State University School ... McGhin initially committed to South Alabama on July 31 but decommitted from the Jaguars in favor of East Carolina on Dec. 5. ... He was primarily recruited by defensive coordinator Rick Smith, a Tallahassee native, with help from Brandon Jones, offensive line coach for the Pirates. ... McGhin played some tight end for his 8-5 prep team in 2013 with two catches for 12 yards but projects as an offensive tackle at ECU. ... Strength and conditioning work with Jeff Connors should increase his size and explosiveness. ... McGhin, who runs 40 yards in 5.49 seconds, also received offers from Appalachian State, Florida International, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State. ... McGhin visited ECU on Nov. 8, the weekend of the Tulsa game. ... His career baseball numbers include a .349 batting average and four home runs. ... His high school program, the Seminoles, is coached by Jarrod Hickman in football. [Listed 12.06.13]

DRE MASSEY (6-0, 165) WR, Mauldin High School, Mauldin, SC ... Massey played quarterback and cornerback in helping the Mavericks to a 7-5 record and a Big 16 playoff berth in 2013. ... He's projected as a wide receiver for the Pirates and possibly a wildcat quarterback. ... Massey completed 206 of 324 passes for 2,793 yards with 28 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013. ... His 245 rushes produced 2,043 yards and 34 scores. ... Massey helped the North to a 38-21 win in South Carolina's North-South All Star game with 72 yards rushing. He had a 10-yard scoring run and threw a 74-yard touchdown pass. ... Massey had an offer from Marshall as well as interest from Charlotte, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Old Dominion, Oregon State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. ... Runs 40 yards in 4.34 seconds. ... Indians are coached by Lee Taylor. ... Massey had over 3,500 total yards as a quarterback and punt returner during his junior season. ... In home visit from inside receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick was influential in his college choice. ... Committed to the Pirates on Jan. 20. ... Named WSPA's Star of the Year in 2013. [Listed 01.21.14]

QUINCY McKINNEY (6-4, 311) OL, Hutchinson (KS) Community College ... Ranked among the top 10 junior college offensive line prospects. ... The Pirates emerged from a late recruiting battle with Louisville to get McKinney's signature. ... Started at right tackle during a season at Fork Union (VA) Military Academy but could figure in the guard picture for the Pirates. ... McKinney was a second team All-Jayhawk League selection. ... He helped the Blue Dragons offense average 37.5 points and 382 yards per game. ... Hutchinson was 7-4 under coach Rion Rhoades in 2013. ... McKinney played at Carver High School in Columbus, GA. ... List of schools pursuing McKinney also included Arizone State, Kansas State and N.C. State. ... McKinney initially signed with the Wolfpack in 2012 and enrolled at State for spring semester in 2012. ... He also was recruited by Rutgers and Ole Miss out of high school. [Listed 02.05.14]

BLAKE NORWOOD (6-0, 189) DB, Pensacola (FL) High School ... Norwood enrolled in ECU in January (2014) and signed a grant-in-aid with the Pirates rather than a national letter. ... He had been recruited by ECU last year and was an unsigned grayshirt. ... He also received offers from South Alabama and Western Michigan. ... Minnesota also had interest. ... Norwood intercepted four passes for the Tigers, coached by Mike Bennett, in 2012. ... Made the Pensacola News-Journal's All-Area second team. ... 40-yard time is reportedly 4.74 seconds. ... Played in the 2012 Subway All-Star game in Pensacola. ... One of four defensive backs in the 2014 signing class. [Listed 02.05.14]

CODY PURDIE (5-10, 175) S, New Bern (NC) High School ... Purdie played linebacker for New Bern's 2012 state 4-A champions. ... He accepted an offer from East Carolina on June 10. ... Purdie has started for the Bears since his sophomore season. ... New Bern, coached by Bobby Curlings, was 15-0 last season, topping Porter Ridge, 39-38, for the state title. ... Purdie forced a fumble on a blitz in the third quarter that Curlings said helped change momentum in the championship game. ... Purdie had a team-high 143 tackles last season with 10 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. ... On the offensive side, Purdie's contributions included 177 yards rushing with eight touchdowns on just 28 carries. ... He is projected as a safety at ECU. ... Charlotte, North Carolina-Chapel Hill and N.C. State had shown interest in the Bears' versatile standout. [Listed 06.20.13]

MESSIAH RICE (6-7, 260) DE/OL, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, SC ... Rice committed to ECU on August 28 after receiving an offer on March 19. ... Rice also considered offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte and Liberty. ... Rice attended camps at N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill in June. ... Clemson also showed interest in Rice. ... ECU assistants Kirk Doll and Brandon Jones were credited with recruiting Rice. ... The Bruins were 7-5 in 2012 and 5-3 in their region. ... Orangeburg-Wilkinson opened the 2013 season with a 34-7 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt, a team the Bruins lost to by a 35-21 margin last year. [Listed 08.29.13]

ANTHONY SCOTT (5-9, 180) RB, Green Run High School, Virginia Beach, VA ... Has the running/receiving skills that the ECU system covets. ... Scott ran for 1,313 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. ... He also had 37 catches for 915 yards and eight scores. ... The Stallions, coached by Jeff McGowan, were 10-4 in 2013. ... The team also included Shaun James, a defensive lineman who joins Scott in the 2014 signing class. ... Green Run got 304 yards of total offense from Scott in a 46-7 first-round playoff win over Maury. ... A top 50 prospect in Virginia in evaluations by ... Scott also was offered by Maryland, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. ... Former ECU defensive coordinator Brian Mitchell handled his recruitment for the Mountaineers. ... Duke, North Carolina and Virginia also showed interest in Scott. ... John Wiley, ECU associate head coach and inside linebackers coach, was instrumental in Scott's recruitment. ... Scott's signing is representative of the Pirate program's objective of maintaining Tidewater Virginia as a recruiting base. [Listed 02.05.14]

COREY SEARGENT (6-0, 175) DB, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, SC ... Leading tackler (143 total stops, 91 solo) on a 15-0 team that won the South Carolina 4-A, Division II state championship. ... Had offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska. ... Committed to East Carolina on Jan. 21 after visiting during a big recruiting weekend. ... Area recruiter Donnie Kirkpatrick and secondary coach Rick Smith helped secure the Pirates third defensive back commitment of the signing class. ... Seargent had four interceptions, seven pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. ... Offensively, he had six catches for 133 yards and a touchdown as a senior. ... Seargent had an 81-yard kickoff return in a 51-19 win over Gaffney. ... Trojans, coached by Kyle Richardson were rated No. 1 in South Carolina by Maxpreps. ... Seargent twice had 20 solo tackles in a game as a senior, against Charlotte Catholic and Byrnes. [Listed 01.22.14]

KYRON SPELLER (6-2, 259) LB, Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach, VA ... Speller committed to East Carolina on Dec. 10 after receiving an in-home visit from Pirates head coach Ruffin McNeill and associate head coach/inside linebackers coach John Wiley on Dec. 6. ... He made unofficial visits to ECU for the Old Dominion (Aug. 31) and Virginia Tech (Sept. 14) games. ... Speller also received offers from Army, Campbell, James Madison and Navy. ... The Pirates had offered Speller on May 21. ... Speller played fullback and defensive line for Kempsville but is projected as a linebacker for the Pirates. ... Speller is planning an official visit to ECU with his mother in January. ... One service rates him as the 31st-best prospect in Virginia. ... [Listed 12.12.13]

SHAWN STANKAVAGE (6-2, 185) QB, Cardinal Gibbons, Raleigh ... Stankavage came back from a torn ACL in the state playoffs as a junior to throw for 3,564 yards and 34 touchdowns with 14 interceptions as a senior. ... He also ran for 1,058 yards and 13 scores in 2013 as the Crusaders reached the second round of the playoffs before falling to eventual 3-AA state champion Southern Durham. ... Many schools backed off after his injury but Wyoming made an offer. ... His dad, Scott, played quarterback for North Carolina and then for the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos in the 1980s. ... Stankavage made a campus visit on Jan. 24 and committed on Jan. 26. ... His mother Sue Walsh, was an outstanding swimmer at UNC Chapel Hill. ... Vanderbilt made a push for Stankavage. ... Alabama, Auburn and N.C. State were among a fleet of prestigious programs that showed interest in the signal-calling legacy. ... Area recruiter Dave Nichol, ECU's outside receivers coach, and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley were credited with the commitment from Stankavage, who is rated a three-star prospect. ... Rated the No. 24 prospect in the state. ... [Listed 01.27.14] Stankavage has reportedly shifted his commitment from ECU to Vanderbilt, according to the Nashville Tennessean, becoming the second quarterback in this recruiting class to change his pledge from the Pirates. Earlier, John Wolford of Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, FL, shifted to Wake Forest.

RAY TILLMAN (6-1, 195) OLB, Miller Grove High School, Lithonia, GA ... Committed to East Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 2 after a campus visit over the weekend. ... The list of schools making offers to Tillman included Appalachian State, Ball State, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia State, Illinois, Indiana, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. ... Won his region's Defensive Player of the Year award. ... Outside linebackers coach Duane Price was the primary recruiter on Tillman with help from associate head coach John Wiley. ... The Wolverines, coached by Daydrin Shelll, had a 4-6 season in 2013. [Listed 02.02.14]

DREW TURNAGE (6-0, 185) S, Ayden-Grifton High School ... Started on the varsity as a freshman at free safety during the state playoffs. ... Earned All-Carolina 1-A Conference and All-Pitt County honors as a junior. ... ECU defensive coordinator/secondary coach Rick Smith made a scholarship offer to Turnage on May 10 and he made a verbal commitment to the Pirates on May 13. ... Turnage moved from linebacker on the Charger JV to safety on the varsity after an injury sidelined the starter. ... Turnage held the position down during playoff wins over Trask (42-21) and Gates County (28-13). ... As a sophomore, Turnage started in the secondary and also saw time at running back ran as the team went 13-2 and finished as state runner-up in the 1-AA class with a 20-14 loss to Swain County in the championship game. ... Turnage ran for more than 500 yards last season as Ayden-Grifton went 9-3. ... Turnage has been clocked in 4.4 seconds for 40 yards. ...He's also getting it done in the classroom with a 3.0 grade point average. ... Also has participated in track and field for the Chargers in sprints, sprint relays and long jump. ... Recruited as a safety for the Pirates, a position that will undergo significant graduation losses over the next two years. ... Coached by Paul Cornwell at Ayden-Grifton. [Listed 06.12.13]

MASSADIQ WALTON (6-4, 240) OLB, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, VA ... Walton committed to East Carolina on August 9. ... He had also received an offer from the Naval Academy and had received interest from Virginia Tech, James Madison and Massachusetts. ... Walton played for a 14-1 team in 2012. ... The Dolphins are coached by Chris Scott. ... Walton called ECU associate head coach John Wiley to accept ECU's scholarship offer. ... He plans to major in engineering. ... Walton reportedly possesses a good mix of pass rushing and run stopping skills. ... Ocean Lakes also has freshman defensive end Demetri McGill and sophomore offensive lineman Chaz Lowery in the Pirates' program. ... Ocean Lakes was 8-3-1 in 2011. [Listed 08.11.13]

MARKEL WINTERS (6-3, 226) DE, James S. Rickards High School, Tallahassee, FL ... His 40-yard time is 5.28 seconds. ... Winter's offers included Florida Atlantic, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Northern Illinois, Old Dominion, South Florida, Tennessee State, Central Florida and Western Kentucky. ... Winter was recruited by defensive coordinator and secondary coach Rick Smith, a Florida State graduate with ECU recruiting responsibilities in the Sunshine State. ... The Rickards Raiders, coached by Quintin Lewis, were 9-2 in 2013. ... Winter had 53 solo tackles 21 assists, 22 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a senior. ... Winter made his commitment on Sunday, Feb. 2. ... Some outlets have this commitment listed as Markel Winters. ... His name is Markel Winter, according to his high school's roster on MaxPreps. [Listed 02.02.14]

JOHN WOLFORD (6-1, 209) QB, Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, FL ... ECU received a commitment from Wolford on Sept. 19. ... A starter since his freshman year, Wolford's numbers through the second game of his senior season included 520 completions in 841 attempts for 8,100 yards with 96 touchdowns. ... He had also rushed for 1,970 yards and 22 scores. ... Air Force, Akron, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Harvard, Idaho, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Toledo and Western Michigan also recruited Wolford. ... The game after committing to the Pirates, Wolford threw five touchdown passes in a 45-19 win against visiting Wolfson High of Jacksonville. ... Wolford moved past Tim Tebow for career TD passes in northeast Florida with that effort. ... Wolford and his coach at Bishop Kenny, Mark Thorson, attended ECU's game with Virginia Tech on Sept. 14. [Listed 08.26.13] Wolford withdrew his pledge to ECU and committed to Wake Forest on Dec. 14, 2013.

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