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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Filling personnel vacancies at the wide receiver and defensive secondary positions, and continuing the depth-building process on the line of scrimmage were all objectives reached by sixth-year East Carolina Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill and staff as the Pirates announced a balanced 18-member 2015 signing class.
In addition to the 13 student-athletes who officially signed their national letters-of-intent with the ECU football program, McNeill also welcomed inside linebacker Tony Baird, defensive backs Nhyre Quinerly and Corey Seargent, running back Derrell Scott and defensive lineman Kyron Speller to the squad as early enrollees. Seargent and Speller both initially signed national letters-of-intent with East Carolina a year ago, but were not enrolled last fall.
Of the 18, nine are projected to play offense while the other nine will line up on defense. Offensively, the Pirates signed three linemen, three receivers, two running backs and one quarterback. On defense, ECU is looking forward to adding three secondary performers, three linebackers and three linemen on its roster to begin its second campaign in the American Athletic Conference this fall.
"We feel this is a really good class with big play ability, line depth and strong local ties," McNeill said. "We've built this program brick-by-brick and believe that every one of these young men has the ability to make an impact, both on and off the field. Any time you can put people in a positive and powerful environment, they will have the opportunity to succeed at the highest level."
Thirteen of the newcomers will open workouts in the spring or summer with four years of eligibility remaining, while Scott will have three left after playing at Tennessee during the 2014 season. The Pirates also inked four junior college transfers in offensive lineman Justin Sandifer, athlete/receiver James Summers, inside linebacker Darius Wright and defensive lineman Darius Commissiong to cover immediate needs.
While nine different states are represented in the 2015 class, four played at the prep level in North Carolina and three each hail from neighboring South Carolina and Virginia.
East Carolina recorded an 8-5 overall mark and stood tied for second in the American Athletic Conference during McNeill's fifth campaign as head coach. The Pirates opened the season by winning six of their first seven contests, including victories over ACC members Virginia Tech and North Carolina to return to the Top 25 polls, but closed the year by dropping four of the last six games. ECU did advance to its eighth post-season appearance in the last nine years, but fell to Florida 28-20 in the Birmingham Bowl.
The Pirates, who are expected to return six starters on offense and five on defense, open spring drills March 20 and will host Towson on Sept. 5 to kick off the 2015 season.
|8:55 AM||Darius Anderson||OL||6-3/330||Jonesboro, Ga.||Mundy's Mill HS|
|7:05 AM||Tony Baird||ILB||6-3/210||Virginia Beach, Va.||Ocean Lakes HS|
|9:25 AM||Justin Brown||DL||6-3/310||Greenville, N.C.||Ayden-Grifton HS|
|Feb. 27||Darius Commissiong||DL||6-2/305||District Heights, Md.||Iowa Western|
|7:45 AM||Deondre Farrier||WR||6-1/195||Orlando, Fla.||Lake Nona HS|
|8:55 AM||Shawn Furlow||RB||5-10/187||Greenville, N.C.||South Central HS|
|9:25 AM||Colby Gore||DB||5-11/170||Little River, S.C.||North Myrtle Beach HS|
|9:25 AM||John Jacobs||QB||6-2/220||Shawnee, Okla.||Shawnee HS|
|7:30 AM||C.J. Maybin||OLB||6-4/195||Pompano Beach, Fla.||Cardinal Gibbons HS|
|9:25 AM||Dalton Montgomery||OL||6-6/255||Corinth, Texas||Lake Dallas HS|
|7:05 AM||Nhyre Quinerly||DB||5-11/180||Norfolk, Va.||Lake Taylor HS|
|10:00 AM||Justin Sandifer||OL||6-5/310||Greenwood Miss.||Hinds CC|
|7:05 AM||Derrell Scott||RB||5-11/179||Havelock, N.C.||Havelock HS|
|7:05 AM||Corey Seargent||DB||6-0/180||Rock Hill, S.C.||Northwestern HS|
|7:05 AM||Kyron Speller||DL||6-1/235||Virginia Beach, Va.||Kempsville HS|
|10:55 AM||Justin Strozier||WR||6-1/170||Stockbridge, Ga.||Woodland HS|
|12:50 PM||James Summers||WR||6-3/210||Greensboro, N.C.||Hinds CC|
|10:00 AM||Darius Wright||ILB||6-0/220||Irmo, S.C.||Hutchinson CC|
High School: A three-year letterman and team captain for head coach Greg Manior at Mundy's Mill High School ... Earned selection to the All-South Metro, All-Clayton and all-region squads (first team) as a senior ... Also a member of the all-state unit (second team) in 2014 ... Played an integral role for an offensive line that paved the way for four 400-plus yard rushing contests, including a season-best 507-yard performance against Union Grove High School ... Helped the Tigers produce 4,851 yards of total offensive during the '14 campaign which resulted in a 7-4 overall mark and 6-1 league record ... Earned overall MVP honors during the National Underclassmen Offensive Line Camp ... Chosen as a participant in the Rising Senior Bowl ... A First-Team All-South Metro and all-region choice as a junior ... Also named to the Southern Crescent All-Star squad in 2013 ... Picked up all-region and All-Southern Crescent accolades as a sophomore during first letter-winning season as a member of the varsity ... Recipient of the Iron Tiger Award and named squad's best offensive lineman in 2012 ... Picked up additional letters as a member of MMHS's wrestling and track programs. Personal: Born December 31, 1996 at Riverdale, Ga. ... Son of Donald and Laurinda Petty.
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills, thus signed a grant-in-aid with the program instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy). High School: Did not play during the 2014 season, but was a key figure in Ocean Lakes' 12-1 record (5-0 in league play) in 2013 ... Compiled 132 tackles, 23.0 TFLs, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles as a team captain during senior campaign ... Also blocked six punts and one field goal attempt during the course of the year ... Guided the Dolphins to the semifinals of the state playoffs before falling to Colonial Forge 23-20 ... Keyed a defense for head coach Chris Scott that held opponents to seven points or less on eight occasions as a senior ... Effort of note was a nine-tackle (2.5 for lost yardage) outing during a 62-28 victory over Western Branch ... Additionally, recovered a fumble and blocked an extra point during win ... Ranked as the No. 8 defensive end in the state of Virginia by MaxPreps ... In all, was a three-year letterman who was part of a program that also produced a 14-1 mark in 2012 and an 8-3-1 ledger in 2011 ... Booked 136 stops (28.0 TFL), 17 sacks and a pair of strips and fumble recoveries as a junior ... Opened 2012 pre-season camp listed fourth on two-deep before earning starter's status at beginning of season ... In addition to ECU, reportedly recruited by Navy as well ... Will join current Pirates DL Demetri McGill and OLB Masaddiq Walton as Ocean Lakes alums on the East Carolina roster ... Turned in a strong performance in the classroom as well, earning inclusion on Ocean Lakes' Honor Roll and standing as Math & Science Academy Grad. Personal: Full name is Tony F. Baird, Jr. ... Born June 6, 1996 at San Diego, Calif. ... Son of Tony and Vicki Baird ... Father Tony played collegiate football at Southeastern Conference member Kentucky ... Enjoys working out in weight room.
High School: Served as team captain for an Ayden-Grifton program that posted an 8-5 overall record and 5-0 conference mark in 2014 ... Overall, earned three varsity football letters for head coach Paul Cornwell ... Logged 63 solo stops, 17 tackles for lost yardage, six sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior ... A member of the Class 2A All-State squad as a junior after playing on both sides of the ball (defensive end, offensive tackle) during sophomore campaign ... Recorded 16 solo hits (9.0 TFL) and four sacks despite missing a significant number of snaps because of an injury ... Selected as the Eastern Carolina 2A Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2013 ... Helped the Chargers to a 9-3 record and state playoff appearance in 2012 ... A mainstay for an Ayden-Grifton program that captured three consecutive conference titles ... Ranked as the No. 48 overall prospect and No. 5 defensive lineman in the state of North Carolina according to Scout.com ... Also picked up two additional varsity wrestling and track letters ... Owned a career record of 50-5 in the 285-pound weight class and finished as the state runner-up on the mat. Personal: Full name is Justin Orlandor Brown ... Born July 21, 1997 at Greenville, N.C. ... Son of Brad Champan and Wanda Brown ... Brother Sterling Mills played prep football at nearby D.H. Conley High School ... Hobbies include hunting and fishing ... Nickname is J.B..
A late newcomer to ECU's 2015 signing class, officially inking with the Pirate program on February 27. Junior College: Tallied 63 tackles, three sacks and an interception to help Iowa Western to an 11-1 record in 2014 ... Performance of note was a 13-tackle, two-sack outing against Coffeyville (Kan.) CC during a 57-35 victory ... Also reportedly offered by Iowa State at conclusion of junior college career ... Initially signed with Georgia Tech and was redshirted during the 2013 campaign before leaving the Yellow Jacket program in July, 2014. High School: Rated a three-star defensive lineman out of Bishop McNamara by several recruiting publications ... Earned selection to the PrepStar All-Atlantic Region squad ... Invited to play in the 2012 Chesapeake Bowl ... Reportedly had over 20 scholarship offers after high school career before signing with Georgia Tech. Personal: Born Jan. 14, 1995 ... Son of Darrell Commissiong and the late Darice Stanback ... Has one sibling, sister Dianni.
High School: A Parade All-America (honorable mention) choice after three illustrious seasons at Lake Nona ... Helped Lions to an 8-3 overall record and a 5-1 district mark as a senior ... Hauled in a state-record 118 receptions for an Orange County standard 1,850 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2014 for head coach Anthony Paradiso ... Averaged 16 yards per grab and nearly 170 yards per game during senior year ... Tallied a single-game career-best 18 catches for 205 yards against Lakeland, also as a senior ... Other games of note were a 13-reception, 291-yard, three-touchdown effort vs. Celebration and a 14-catch outing in the season finale against Emerald ... Earned Florida Class 7A All-State honors (third team) ... Logged 55 receptions for 939 yards and seven TDs as a junior after securing 43 receptions for 604 yards and three scores during sophomore campaign ... In all, amassed 3,393 yards and 32 touchdowns on 216 catches during varsity career ... Played key role in Lake Nona's 8-2 regular season record in 2013 ... Opened prep career at Edgewater (Fla.) High School in 2011-2012 before transferring to LNHS ... Scouting publications cited athleticism and play-making ability as top on-the-field qualities ... Listed as a Top 500 regional prospect by ESPN.com ... Ranked among the Top 20 receivers in Florida and 86th nationally by Scout.com ... Also a Top 10 member of the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Super 60 and stood No. 54 in the Sentinel's Florida Top 100 ... Earned receiver MVP honors at the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp ... Clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at the Under Armour All-American Combine ... Officially committed to the Pirates on December 9, 2014 after considering other reported offers from Southeastern Conference members Florida and Kentucky, along with Miami (Fla.) and Southern Cal. Personal: Son of Benita Foster.
High School: Rushed for a combined 3,668 yards as a senior, junior and sophomore for head coach (and former Pirate assistant) Tim Carter at South Central ... Ran for 904 yards and accounted for 110 receiving yards (1,014 all-purpose) and nine touchdowns during senior season to help Falcons to a 7-5 mark ... Racked up six 100-yard rushing contests, including a career-best 300-yard effort against Hertford County ... Rushed for 1,610 yards and 23 touchdowns on 181 carries in 2013 ... Averaged 8.9 yards per attempt as a junior ... Picked up 1,154 ground yards and 10 TDs on 113 rushes (10.2 ypc) during sophomore campaign ... Effort of note in 2012 was a 206-yard, three-touchdown outing vs. West Carteret to earn WITN-TV Player-of-the-Week honors ... Ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 36 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina ... Had a three-star rating by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com ... Stood as the No. 42 overall prospect and No. 10 running back in North Carolina according to Scout.com ... Clocked at 4.40 in the 40-yard dash ... Also received reported offers from Duke, Louisville, North Carolina and Purdue, but officially committed to the Pirate program on Sept. 25, 2014 - five days after ECU's 70-41 win over the Tar Heels at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Personal: Son of Sabrina Brown ... Born in North Carolina but moved to New York at age three before returning to the area three years later.
High School: A two-way player, special teams stalwart and team captain for head coach Blair Hardin at North Myrtle Beach ... Produced 1,499 all-purpose yards as a receiver on the offensive side of the ball and as a prolific punt and kickoff return specialists ... Defensively, netted 79 tackles with four interceptions and six pass break-ups from his safety position as a senior ... Totaled 48 stops, eight interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) and two forced fumbles during junior season ... Also logged 350 yards on 25 catches as a wide-out in 2013 ... Turned in a 98-yard kickoff return for a score and a 76-yard interception return for another touchdown during a contest against Wilson as a junior ... Also added a punt return for a TD during the course of the season ... Rates as the No. 24 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina and the No. 4 defensive back by Scout.com ... Selected to play in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North vs South All-Star Bowl Game. Personal: Born May 6, 1997 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... Full name is Colby Deion Gore ... Son of Carlton and Rose Gore ... Older brothers all earned honors as football lettermen at North Myrtle Beach High School ... Brother P.J. Gore starred at Mars Hill and later signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons ... Another brother, Stephon Gore, serves as an assistant football (defense) coach at Monroe (N.C.) High School ... Has 11 uncles on father's side of the family ... Active in his church and member of the youth choir ... In addition to singing, other hobbies include cooking, basketball, running, fishing and hunting.
High School: Led Shawnee to an 8-5 overall record (5-2 in district) and a second-round Class 5A OSSAA Playoff appearance in 2014 ... Helped Wolves to a first-round win over Coweta (63-47) on Nov. 14 before falling to Ardmore 41-35 the following week ... Passed for 2,356 yards and 22 touchdowns, while rushing for 853 yards and 10 more scores as a senior under head coach Billy Brown ... Earned all-state accolades (honorable mention) in 2014 ... Engineered an offense that produced 407 points - an average of 31.3 per game ... Notable outing came against Deer Creek with a 89-yard rushing and 250-yard passing (on just 18 attempts) effort that resulted in a combined four touchdowns ... Played a key role for Shawnee's 9-3 record and No. 17 state ranking as a junior ... Rushed for 800 yards and 13 TD, while throwing for over 1,700 yards and 23 scores in 2013 ... Top single-game performance during junior campaign was vs. Skiatook with a seven-carry, 141-yard ground total - 81 coming on one scoring run ... Ranked as the No. 56 quarterback prospect in the nation according to ESPN.com ... Rated as the No. 19 overall prospect in the state of Oklahoma by Scout.com ... Reportedly timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash during a combine in Memphis, Tenn. ... Officially committed to East Carolina on May 15, 2014 ... Was in attendance at Tulsa's Chapman Stadium during the Pirates' nationally-televised 49-32 victory over the Golden Hurricane on Nov. 28. Personal: Born August 9, 1996 ... Son of John Jacobs, Sr. and Ruth Anne Vandenburg ... Father played a guest role in the TV series Walker Texas Ranger.
High School: Helped spearhead a defense for head coach Michael Morril that surrendered just 17 point per game in 2014 ... Tallied two defensive touchdowns as a senior safety to lead the Chiefs to a 6-4 record ... Earned All-Broward County (5A) honors after senior season ... Picked off four passes as a junior to help guide Cardinal Gibbons to an 8-3 overall mark ... Recorded an interception in a 44-0 win over Northeast ... Listed among the National Underclassmen's Top 75 players in the state of Florida ... Stood as the No. 97 overall recruit in the Dade-Broward county area according to 247Sports ... Also earned three varsity letters as a member of the Chiefs' track and field program ... Despite large frame, clocked at 12.35 in the 100-meter dash and 23.79 in the 200-meter dash during the 2014 outdoor season ... Also reportedly recruited as a football prospect by Rutgers and Syracuse ... Played in same prep program as current Pirate OL Erik Lenzen (2014 signee). Personal: Son of Conrad and Jennifer Maybin.
High School: An outstanding student who ranks No. 1 in his graduating class and played a key role for an offensive unit that amassed over 5,000 total yards in 2014 ... Helped head coach Mike Young and the Falcons complete year with a 9-2 overall record and an unblemished district ledger as a senior ... Turned in an impact performance during LDHS's 45-7 win over Carter-Riverside that included 360 rushing yards on 45 carries - an average of 8.0 yards per attempt ... Credited with providing quality quarterback protection that allowed for a 352-yard, seven-touchdown passing performance during a 59-35 victory over Poly ... Earned first-team all-district honors and was an honorable mention Class 4A All-State selection ... Also named to the all-district squad as a junior in 2013 ... Academic achievement encouraged reported recruitment by Ivy League members (in addition to East Carolina) ... Officially committed to the Pirate program on Dec. 30, 2014 while ECU was in Alabama preparing for the Birmingham Bowl. Personal: Son of David and Cheryl Montgomery.
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills, thus signed a grant-in-aid with the program instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy). High School: A key performer on Lake Taylor's 15-0 state championship team under head coach Hank Sawyer in 2014 ... Earned First-Team Class 4A All-State accolades as both a receiver and defensive back during junior and senior seasons ... Also selected as the state of Virginia's Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2014, and additionally, was a two-time conference MVP (2013, 2014) ... A four-year letterman who served as a senior team captain ... Recorded eight receptions for 97 yards, logged seven tackles and added a an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against Salem in the state championship game ... Other contest of note came against Hanover during junior campaign where he passed and rushed for a touchdown, and was on receiving end of another score ... Posted 56 tackles, 24 pass breakups and four interceptions as a sophomore to help lead Lake Taylor to another perfect 15-0 mark and state title in 2012 ... Was an all-region choice in the defensive backfield during sophomore campaign ... Ranked as the No. 34 overall prospect and No. 3 defensive back in the state of Virginia by Scout.com ... Also held ranks of 14th (regionally) and 55th nationally at position by Scout.com ... Rated No. 2 among secondary personnel in Virginia (56th nationally) according to MaxPreps.com ... Reportedly received other offers from Penn State and Wisconsin ... Also lettered in baseball ... Strong academic performer with a No. 25 class standing and selection to Lake Taylor's Honor Roll all four years. Personal: Full name is Nhyre Quinerly ... Born April 23, 1997 at Norfolk, Va. ... Son of John and Nikosha Quinerly ... Father John lettered as a running back at Maury High School and Norfolk State, and serves as an assistant football coach at Lake Taylor High School ... Lists playing video games as hobby of choice.
Junior College: A first-team all-region and all-state performer for head coach Gene Murphy at Hinds CC... An integral part of an offensive line that helped the Eagles average 373 yards of total offense and 222 rushing yards per game in 2014 ... Cited for play in team's 31-30 season finale win over Southwest Mississippi CC, a contest is which Hinds racked up 272 ground yards ... Helped Eagles to a two-year record of 12-7 ... Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... Reportedly received offers from Louisville, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi State after junior college career. High School: A two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines for head coach Sherrod Gideon at Leflore County ... Earned all-district accolades as a senior ... Defensively, produced 83 tackles and five sacks during prep career ... Offensively, provided solid protection during a 425-yard passing effort in a 42-32 win over Independence ... Also helped pave the way for a 201-yard rushing effort in an 18-12 win over Gentry as a junior ... Part of a Tigers' program that posted a 7-5 record during his junior year and a 5-6 mark as a senior.
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills ... Signed (grant-in-aid) with head coach Ruffin McNeill's program after originally inking a national letter-of-intent with Southeastern Conference member Tennessee in February, 2014 ... Will sit out the 2015 season in compliance with transfer rules. Tennessee: Appeared in two games for the Volunteers during true freshman season in 2014 ... Rushed for 42 yards (long of 15) on nine carries against FCS-member Chattanooga last season ... Also had two rushing attempts during an SEC matchup vs. Mississippi. High School: Was a four-year letterman for head coach Jim Bob Bryant at Havelock ... Played a pivotal role leading the Rams to three consecutive state championships from sophomore to senior seasons ... Rushed for 6,145 yards and 87 touchdowns during high school career ... Averaged 99.1 yards per game in prep career with a 9.43 yards-per-rush clip ... Helped lead Havelock to a combined 58-5 record ... Ran for 2,147 yards and 25 TD as a senior ... Earned MVP honors of the 2013 state championship game after rushing for 209 yards and three touchdowns ... Additionally, established a Class 3A Championship game record with a 96-yard rushing touchdown ... Invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl ... An Associated Press All-State running back selection in 2013 ... Also named New Bern Sun Journal Player-of-the-Year at conclusion of senior campaign ... Chosen to the NCPreps All-State squad and earned designation as "Mr. 3A Football" as a senior ... As a junior in 2012, rushed for 1,742 yards and 34 touchdowns to earn all-state honors ... Amassed 1,807 ground yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011 ... From a receiving standpoint, hauled in 46 catches for 637 yards and five TDs during prep action ... Also handled 22 kickoff returns for 477 yards in his four seasons ... A four-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Listed as the No. 3 all-purpose back and No. 6 prospect in North Carolina by 247Sports.com ... Was the No. 8 overall prospect in the state by ESPN.com ... Stood No. 9 (all-purpose) and No. 7 (overall prospect) by Rivals.com ... Was the nation's No. 17 running back according to Scout.com ... A Honor Roll student in the classroom. Personal: Full name is Derrell Anthony Scott ... Born October 25, 1995 at Havelock, N.C. ... Son of John and Deborah Scott ... A recipient of the Price Family Scholarship Endowment ... Cousin Devon Scott was a four-year track letterman at Appalachian State ... Enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball and bowling.
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills ... Re-signed (grant-in-aid) with head coach Ruffin McNeill's program after initially inking a national letter-of-intent with East Carolina in February, 2014. High School: A high-impact defender who played a key role in Northwestern High School's state championship run and perfect 15-0 season in 2013 ... Trojans earned a final national rank of ninth (9th) after routing Stratford 62-35 in the state title contest on Dec. 7 ... Credited with 148 tackles (91 solo), seven pass breakups, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, the latter including a 34-yard return ... Also logged 3.0 tackles for lost yardage from his secondary position for coach Kyle Richardson ... Was the Charlotte Observer's Region Defensive Player-of-the-Year and earned first-team all-region accolades ... A three-star prospect who ranked among the top 35 overall players in the state of South Carolina according to ESPN.com ... Also earned a final scout grade of 74 and rates as one of the top 110 safeties nationally ... Offensively, pulled down six receptions for 133 yards and a TD, and while on special teams, contributed an 81-yard kickoff return vs. Gaffney as a senior ... Top defensive single-game performance(s) were a pair of 20 solo tackle outings against Charlotte Catholic and Byrnes ... Selected to play in the prestigious Shrine Bowl ... A key contributor to NHS's 12-3 record (6-1 in league play) in 2012 while a junior ... Various recruiting publications consistently used "loves to hit and play full speed" when describing approach to game ... Originally committed to East Carolina on Jan. 21, 2014 ...Also reportedly recruited by Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska ... Played in same prep program as former Pirate ILB Brandon Williams.
Officially re-enrolled at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills ... Initially inked a national letter-of-intent with East Carolina in February, 2014 but withdrew after enrolling in the second summer session. High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-time Virginian-Pilot All-Beach District selection ... Played on both sides of the ball (fullback and defensive line) for Kempsville High School, but will be regarded as a defender at the collegiate level ... Posted 65 tackles, 10.5 stops for lost yardage, six sacks, two forced fumbles, three blocks as a senior ... Also scored three touchdowns in 2013 ... During junior campaign, logged 75 hits, 14.5 TFLs, six sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, two blocks and an interception ... Served as the Chiefs' team captain during senior year ... Ranks as the No. 28 overall prospect in the Commonwealth of Virginia according to various recruiting services ... Committed to the Pirate program on Dec. 10, 2013 prior to ECU's departure for the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl ... Also reportedly recruited by Army and Navy. Personal: Full name is Kyron D. Speller ... Born Nov. 7, 1994 at Norfolk, Va. ... Son of Kendra Speller and Ronald Briley, Jr. ... Hobbies include paintball, four-wheeling and working on cars.
High School: A four-year letterman for head coach Steve Davenport at Woodland ... Played a key role in the Wolfpack's 7-3 record in 2014 ... Booked 36 receptions for 915 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior to earn all-county and all-region honors ... Turned in season-long 82-yard catch during WHS's victory against Northgate ... Hauled in 58 receptions for 933 yards and 10 scores during junior campaign ... Also selected to the all-county and all-region squads in 2013 ... Had 45 catches for 605 yards as a sophomore ... Combined to make 139 receptions for 2,453 yards and 22 TDs during last three years of varsity career in Woodland program ... Earned initial starting position as a freshman in 2011 ... Also reportedly received offers from Indiana and South Carolina. Personal: Full name is Justin Jermaine Strozier ... Born Feb. 12, 1997 at Atlanta, Ga. ... Son of Larry and Twula Strozier ... Father Larry was a football letterman at Savannah (Ga.) State ... Brother Rod Davis played collegiate football in the University of Georgia program ... Hobbies include basketball.
Junior College: Played two seasons at Hinds (Miss.) Community College for head coach Gene Murphy ... Used primarily as a quarterback, passed for a combined 2,874 yards, contributed 1,687 rushing yards and accounted for a total of 46 touchdowns during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... Completed 109 passes for 1,347 yards and eight TDs in 2014 to guide the Eagles to a 5-4 record ... Also contributed 1,002 ground yards and 12 scores as a sophomore ... Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark on five occasions in 2014 ... Effort of note in 2014 was an 18-of-30, 280-yard, two-touchdown passing day to add to a 110-yard rushing performance against Jones County JC ... Had a long run of 65 yards vs. Northeast Mississippi CC ... Threw for 1,527 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for 685 yards and 12 more TDs as a freshman in 2013 to lead Hinds to a 7-3 record ... Attended Hargrave Military Academy before enrolling at Hinds. High School: Guided Page to a 15-0 record and a Class 4AA State Championship in 2011 as a senior quarterback for head coach Kevin Gillespie ... Passed for 1,506 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding 1,632 rushing yards and 22 scores as a senior ... Threw a pair of TD passes and ran for 116 yards to help Pirates capture the state title ... A two-time All-Metro Conference selection ... Earned conference offensive player-of-the-year honors as a senior ... Originally committed to North Carolina at conclusion of prep career but did not enroll in classes ... Also received a reported offer from NC State (in addition to East Carolina) out of high school ... Picked up additional varsity letters in basketball, earning All-Metro accolades on the hardwood as well.
Junior College: A key component in Hutchinson CC's most successful season in program history ... Helped the Blue Dragons to a Jayhawk West Conference title and a final No. 4 national rank in 2014 ... Recorded 132 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles during junior college career ... Booked a season-high 12 tackles against Iowa Western CC as a sophomore ... Other contest of note was an 11-stop, 1.5-sack, one-interception effort during Hutchinson's 46-23 victory over Dodge City CC ... Also tallied five tackles, one sack and forced a fumble in the Blue Dragons' 36-20 win over Highland CC as a freshman in 2013 ... Posted a career-long 48-yard interception return vs. Bethany College (junior varsity) ... In addition to ECU, reportedly entertained other offers from Kansas State and Nebraska. High School: Earned selection to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas after his senior season ... A second-team all-state performer in 2012. Personal: Father Frank Wright played football at South Carolina, lettering for the Gamecocks in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984 ... Hails from same hometown as current Pirate OL Ike Harris.