Feb. 2, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Addressing personnel shortages at the offensive line, defensive line and linebacking positions, and enhancing athleticism of his skill performers were all priorities for East Carolina Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill as the Pirates announced their 24-member 2011 signing class Wednesday.
In addition to the 24 student-athletes who officially signed their national letters-of-intent with the ECU football program, McNeill also welcomed quarterback Cody Keith and wide receiver Danny Webster to the squad as early enrollees. The pair will join defensive tackle signee Leroy Vick for spring drills beginning March 21.
"Our focus was to make sure we improve our talent level at all positions, offensively and defensively," McNeill said. "We had to make sure our front seven, defensively, is going to get to the level we want it to be. I'm very excited about what we have here and I look forward to getting those guys on campus and around our team and coaches."
Of the 24, 15 are projected to play defense while the other nine will line up on the offensive side of the ball. Offensively, the Pirates signed four linemen, three running backs and two wide receivers. On defense, ECU is looking forward to bulking up its front seven by adding eight linemen, four linebackers and three secondary performers. The Pirates also added five junior college transfers, including four members to help bolster East Carolina's manpower among the defensive line and linebacking corps.
"We needed to make sure we fit our needs on both sides of the ball," McNeill explained. "Offensive and defensive lines will always be key recruiting targets for us. You win championships here with great offensive and defensive line play. On defense, we signed seven linemen and four linebackers. In this league, the two best front sevens played for the Conference USA championship last year. Think about the East Carolina Pirates. They won back-to-back championships with the best front sevens in the league."
McNeill's close ties with in-state high school coaches enabled the Pirates to maintain a strong regional flavor with its latest list of roster additions. Of the 27 overall newcomers, including Keith, Webster and invited walk-on offensive lineman C.J. Struyk, 17 hail from prep programs in North Carolina. Seven more played in the neighboring states of South Carolina (4) and Virginia (3), while Mississippi, Florida and Nevada were also represented.
"The class is made up of 17 young men from North Carolina and I'm very proud of that," McNeill added. "One of the things in my recruiting philosophy is that I want to hit North Carolina hard. We did just that.
"I'm pleased with our signing class. We're well on the way with the foundation laid last year in 2010. This class will be another foundation brick. I'm very proud to be laying the groundwork here."
East Carolina turned in six wins, a second-place Conference USA East Division finish and made its fifth-straight post-season appearance with a Military Bowl showing during McNeill's first year heading the Pirate program in 2010. ECU also re-wrote the offensive record books last fall by tying or setting 51 individual and team single-game, season or career standards.
Chris Baker, DE, 6-3, 230, Jr., Greenville, Miss. (Hinds CC) Highlights
Junior College: Helped the Eagles to a 5-4 record as a sophomore, tallying 47 tackles, 8.5 sacks and forced five fumbles ... Posted a double-digit tackle total against Pearl River in the 2010 campaign ... An integral part of a defensive unit that allowed 173.6 rushing yards per game, 230.2 passing yards per contest and forced 15 turnovers in 2010. High School: Prepped at Greenville Weston High School.
Jeton Beavers, DE, 6-5, 260, Fr., Virginia Beach, Va. (Bayside) Highlights
High School: Played both tight end and defensive end for the Marlins as a senior ... Guided Bayside to a 13-1 record and the Virginia High School League Group AAA Division 6 state semifinals during final campaign ... Team suffered only loss of the season in semifinals, falling 42-27 to Hermitage ... At the start of the second half of Hermitage contest, returned a fumble 72 yards for a score that pulled the Marlins to within one ... Selected to the Honorable Mention All-Beach District Team following final season ... Totaled seven tackles and a sack in Bayside's 33-13 victory over Woodside in the Eastern Region semifinal ... Tallied seven tackles, three for lost yardage and a fumble recovery during a blanking of Landstown in the third week of the season ... An integral part of a defense that surrendered just 15 points per game and posted a pair of shutouts ... Did not participate as a sophomore or junior ... Played the final three games of freshman season at the varsity level after earning a promotion from JV squad ... Has been clocked at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Played for head coach Darnell Moore.
Zeek Bigger, LB, 6-2, 210, Fr., Gastonia, N.C. (Ashbrook) Highlights
High School: A two-year starter and All-Big South 3A Conference selection for the Green Wave after transferring from Forestview High School prior to junior campaign ... Played both ways as a senior, adding running back duties to linebacker role ... Tallied 93 tackles, six for a loss, one sack and one interception during final year ... Offensively as a senior, rushed for 498 yards and five touchdowns ... Scored a TD on offense and tied for the team lead with six tackles in guiding Green Wave to first victory of 2010 season against Crest ... Named the Gaston Gazette Defensive Player-of-the-Week following Crest heroics ... Guided Ashbrook to four victories in year's final seven contests ... Paced the team with eight tackles in last game of the season, a 3AA playoff defeat in a rematch versus Crest ... Named the team's offensive skill player-of-the-year following final season ... Booked 101 tackles, including five for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and picked off a pass during breakout junior season ... On the Forestview varsity unit both seasons prior to transferring ... Noted for run-stopping ability ... Rated as the 96th best outside linebacker in the nation according to ESPN.com ... Also listed on the 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List ... One of 400 national nominees for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl prior to senior season... Played basketball at Ashbrook and Forestview ... Named to the Honorable Mention All-Gaston Gazette basketball team as a junior, when he was the Green Wave's leading scorer and rebounder ... Also selected as the basketball team's most valuable player and defensive player-of-the-year. Personal: Full name is Ezekiel Eugene Bigger but prefers to go by Zeek ... Son of Cathy Barrino and Fredrick Bigger ... Undecided on collegiate major.
Joseph Blanks, LB, 6-2, 230, Jr., Pembroke, N.C. (ASA) Highlights
Junior College: Two-year standout for the Avengers, who started every game of ASA (Brooklyn, N.Y.) career ... Helped the squad to a 7-3 record with a 5-2 mark in the Northeast Football Conference as a team captain in 2010 ... As a sophomore, ranked second in the conference with 49 total tackles ... Added five sacks and 17 tackles for a loss during final campaign ... Booked six tackles, with 2.5 for lost yardage and 1.5 sacks against Dean College ... Recorded 10 tackles, including three for lost yardage, during a 21-17 loss to Lackawanna in October ... Credited as a leader of a defensive unit that led the nation in fewest yards allowed during 2010. High School: A three-time All-Two Rivers Conference, all-region and All-Robeson County honoree ... Twice selected as the Two Rivers Conference and The Robesonian Robeson County Defensive Player-of-the-Year ... Missed half of senior season due to broken ankle ... Prior to injury, made 40 tackles and two interceptions in three games ... Selected to play for the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following senior season, becoming only the sixth player in PSHS history to play in the prestigious contest ... A 2008 preseason all-state team member ... West Robeson Grid Iron Club Player-of-the-Year as a junior, after leading the team with 180 tackles ... During sophomore campaign, booked 140 stops and was nominated for the all-state squad ... Also tallied four sacks and three fumble recoveries as a sophomore ... Played final two season at Purnell Swett for head coach Mark Heil
Chevelle Buie, RB, 5-9, 170, Fr., Cocoa, Fla. (Cocoa) Highlights
High School: A three-time Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) state champion and four-time state playoff participant (after advancing to the semifinals as a freshman) ... Helped guide Tigers to back-to-back 14-0 seasons following a 14-1 campaign as a sophomore ... Part of a CHS program that competed on the 3A level in 2007 and 2008 before dropping down to 2A status the last two seasons ... As a senior, named to the All-District 11 Team and earned district MVP honors (as voted on by area coaches) ... Gained 1,338 yards on the ground on 161 carries and added 15 rushing scores during final season ... Turned in six multi-touchdown and 100-yard rushing games as a senior ... Also added 12 receptions for 284 yards and four scores during final campaign ... Contributed four total touchdowns (2 rushing/2 receiving) in a 35-0 victory over Cocoa Beach ... Rushed for 1,678 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior ... A First-Team Florida Sports Writers Association All-State selection and All-District 11 Team member in 2009 ... Gained 1,697 ground yards on 173 carries and tallied 16 touchdowns as a sophomore ... A Florida Sports Writers Association 3A Second Team All-State honoree following sophomore campaign ... Played for head coach John Wilkinson ... Selected to participate in the December Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine All-World Gridiron Classic ... Listed as a four-star prospect and the No. 7 all-purpose back nationally by Rivals.com ... A three-star recruit and 70th-best running back in the country according to ESPN.com ... MaxPreps.com rates him as the 21st-best running back and a four-star prospect ... A MaxPreps.com National Player-of-the-Year candidate during final season ... Credited by scouting service as possessing great speed and vision.
Reggie Bullock, RB, 5-9, 175, Jr., Las Vegas, Nev. (Arizona Western CC) Highlights
Junior College: Was the National Junior College Athletics Association's (NJCAA) leading rusher as a sophomore at Arizona Western Community College (Yuma) in 2010, picking up 1,830 yards in 12 contests ... Also topped the NJCAA's national statistics in rushing yards per game (152.2 ypg), rushing touchdowns (20) and scoring (132 points/22 TDs) ... Earned 2010 NJCAA Co-Player-of-the-Year honors along with Butler's (Kan.) Cornellius Carradine ... Also served as a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield for coach Tom Minnick with 16 receptions for 170 yards and a pair of scores last fall ... A two-time Western States Football League Offensive Player-of-the-Year and NJCAA All-America selection, earning first-team honors as a sophomore after receiving second-team accolades as a freshman ... Also chosen to the All-Region I and All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (first-team) squads in 2009 and 2010 ... Helped the Matadors to back-to-back WSFL titles and a pair of bowl appearances ... Completed his junior college career with 3,247 rushing yards, 43 total touchdowns (40 rushing) ... Ran for 100 yards or more in 21 of 22 games played in, cracking the 200-yard milestone on three occasions ... Reached triple-digit ground totals in all 12 games during his sophomore campaign, recording season-bests in yards (232) and carries (36) during Arizona Western's 34-14 victory over Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College that clinched a second-straight WSFL championship ... Closed career by extending his 100-yard rushing streak to 15 consecutive games during a 31-27 setback against Blinn (Texas) College in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl played at Copperas Cove, Texas ... Also tossed a TD pass vs. Blinn during bowl action, connecting with Jamal Gray on a 23-yard halfback option to close out the Arizona Western's scoring efforts ... Led the Matadors and stood second nationally in total rushing yards (1,417), rushing yards per game (157.4 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (20) as a freshman despite missing all or parts of three games ... Opened collegiate career with a 200-yard rushing effort, which included a 96-yard scamper, against Snow (Utah) College ... Played key role helping program to a Mississippi Bowl appearance as a rookie (lost 27-24 to Eastern Mississippi) ... Moved into a leadership role during last season at Arizona Western, serving as a mentor to freshman understudy Damien Williams, who finished eighth in the league in rushing with 717 yards despite never starting a game. High School: Earned three varsity letters as a starting running back for Las Vegas (Nev.) High School ... A First-Team All-League honoree as a running back and second-team selection as a defensive back ... Also picked up First-Team All-Region accolades for performance on offensive side of the ball ... Rushed for 12 touchdowns as a senior, including a trio of three-TD single-game efforts ... Finished with 1,624 rushing yards and 344 receiving yards during final year of prep career ... Helped lead Wildcats to the 2008 Sunrise League title ... Recruited out of high school by Arizona State and West Virginia.
Antonio Cannon, WR, 6-2, 175, Fr., Central, S.C. (Daniel) Highlights
High School: A two-time Class AAA all-region and Daily Journal/Daily Messenger All-Mountain Lakes honoree ... Won a trio of regional championships with the Lions and enjoyed two state semifinal appearances ... Recorded 40 receptions, totaling 730 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior ... Member of the 2010 High School Sports Report Class AAA All-State squad at wide receiver ... Selected to play for the North squad in the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association North-South All-Star Game following final season ... Named to the SCVarsity.com All-State Second Team and Anderson Independent Mail All-Area unit at the end of 2010 ... Helped Lions to a 7-5 mark during final campaign ... Scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:35 remaining in a 14-7 victory over Pickens ... Tallied 47 catches for 734 yards and three touchdowns as a junior ... Helped team to a 13-1 record and the Class AAA South Carolina Upper State title game, falling 35-28 to Clinton, during junior year ... Made three receptions for 42 yards in Upper State championship contest ... Lions advanced to Upper State title contest as a sophomore (13-1 record) ... Played for head coach Randy Robinson ... Has been timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Also played basketball and excelled on the perimeter for Daniel, averaging nearly 14 points and five assists while guiding the Lions to the South Carolina Upper State Championship as a junior ... An all-conference and all-state basketball selection following junior campaign ... Rated as the 28th-best prospect in the state of South Carolina according to Scout.com ... Listed by ESPN.com among the top 210 top wide receivers in the country. Personal: Full name is Antonio Jacquinn Cannon ... Son of Melissa Cannon ... Undecided on collegiate major.
Treshawn Council, LB, 6-1, 210, Fr., Durham, N.C. (Hillside) Highlights
High School: A three-year letterwinner for the Hornets ... Guided Hillside to an undefeated season (16-0) and the first North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state championship in school history as a senior ... Defensive leader for a unit that allowed only 9.3 points per game in 2010 ... HHS posted four shutouts during the campaign, including Davie in the state title game ... Sacked Southern High School quarterback Dorian Belcher on a last-second two-point conversion try to preserve the victory and Hillside's perfect season ... Helped Hornets to a 9-4 overall mark and a second-place league finish as a junior, when he booked 11.5 sacks and received All-Piedmont Athletic Conference-6 4-A Conference honors ... Part of a defense that allowed only 13 points per game during junior year ... A part-time starter as a sophomore ... Promoted to the varsity squad for the second half of freshman year after starting on the JV unit ... Played for head coach Antonio King ... Rated as the 162nd-best outside linebacker by ESPN.com ... Reportedly Was the first member of the 2011 class to commit to the Pirate program.
Will Foxx, DT, 6-2, 280, Fr., Greensboro, N.C. (Oak Ridge Military Academy) Highlights
High School: Spent three years at Page High School in Greensboro before transferring to Oak Ridge, a first-year independent program, for final campaign ... Broke leg during first game of senior season and missed remainder of the year ... Coach at Oak Ridge was Otis Yelverton ... As a junior, played both ways for Page and tallied five sacks to go along with 50 tackles ... Picked up 60 pancake blocks in 2009 and was named to the All-Metro 4-A team ... Started as a sophomore and junior for Page's offensive and defensive lines ... Earned late-season call up to varsity squad toward end of freshman season ... Coached by Kevin Gillespie at Page High School ... An honorable mention selection for the Scout.com U.S. Army All-American Combine Team in January, 2010 ... Also ran track for Page, earning Metro 4-A honors as a sophomore.
Chris Hairston, RB, 6-0, 200, Fr., Winston-Salem, N.C. (Parkland) Highlights
High School: Two-year starter at running back for the Mustangs ... Finished senior season with 1,156 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on 140 carries ... An All-Forsyth County selection following final campaign ... Gained 265 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on 24 carries during an Oct. 1 loss to Glenn High School ... Tallied 185 yards and three scores on only 12 carries in 46-14 win over Atkins Sept. 10 ... Collected 1,279 yards and had nine touchdowns on 187 carries as a junior ... Broke collarbone as a freshman, limiting experience ... Played for head coach Dee Bell ... Has been timed at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Rated by ESPN.com as the 114th-best running back in the country ... Ran track for Parkland, finishing sixth at the 2010 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A Midwest Regional in the 100 meters and placing eighth in the 200 meters.
Isaac Harris, OL, 6-7, 270, Fr., Irmo, S.C. (Dutch Fork) Highlights
High School: Helped Silver Foxes to a 10-3 record, 4-A Region championship and an appearance in the second round of the South Carolina High School League Class AAAA, Division I playoffs as a senior after consecutive 2-9 campaigns the two previous years ... Used as a blocking tight end and interior lineman at Dutch Fork ... Named to the Midlands Football Nov. 3 Team-of-the-Week after making four knockdowns and grading out at 96 percent ... Paved the way for the offense to average 30.1 points per contest during senior season ... Played final year for legendary head coach Tom Knotts, who led Independence (Charlotte) High School to seven state titles and coached former Pirate Dominique Lindsay ... Previous head coach was Bill Kimrey ... Named the overall MVP of the Columbia, S.C., Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) after broad jumping 8-foot-1 and running a 4.79-second shuttle drill ... Also made the Columbia NUC Outstanding Sophomore Performance List ... Rated by Jim Baxter of SCVarsity.com as the 10th-best offensive lineman in the state of South Carolina heading into the 2010 season ... Also played basketball for Dutch Fork ... Noticed by the ECU staff at one of the program's summer camps. Personal: Father, Ike Sr., played collegiate football at South Carolina while current ECU inside wide receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick was in Columbia serving as the quarterbacks coach ... Ike Sr. was taken in the 12th round of the 1991 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks ... An Honor Roll student at Dutch Fork ... Intended major is computer science.
Glen Hilliard, DB, 5-10, 170, Fr., Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna) Highlights
High School: A two-year starter at cornerback for the Yellow Jackets ... Named to the Anderson Independent Mail All-Area team as a senior ... Made six interceptions, nine pass breakups and 31 tackles during final year ... Also added a pair of defensive touchdowns in 2010 ... Guided the Yellow Jackets to a 7-6 record and the second round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs for just the second time in program history ... Booked 33 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions as a junior ... An all-region honoree following junior season ... A reserve defensive back on the varsity squad as a sophomore ... Played for head coach Kenya Fouch ... Named the defensive back MVP at the Columbia (S.C.) Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine ... Rated as the 38th-best prospect in the state of South Carolina according to Scout.com. Personal: Full name is Glen Isiah Hilliard ... Son of Rebecca Hilliard ... Undecided on collegiate major.
Stewart Hinson, OL, 6-7, 270, Fr., Monroe, N.C. (Piedmont) Highlights
High School: Named to the Associated Press All-State Team as a senior ... Selected to the 2010 preseason and post-season NCPreps.com 2A All-State squads ... Helped Panthers to an 11-2 record and an 8-0 mark in the Rocky River Conference during final season ... Team advanced to second round of North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs before falling to Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology 14-7 ... A 2010 All-Rocky River Conference and First-Team All-Charlotte Observer selection ... Did not allow a sack or quarterback hurry while tallying 48 pancake blocks as a senior ... Finished final season grading out at 96 percent ... Opened running lanes and provided pass protection for the Panthers to average 30.9 points per game in 2010 ... Began career at tight end before switching to the interior during junior season ... Also served as a defensive end, long snapper and kickoff returner during 2009 campaign ... Recorded 22 tackles, seven stops for a loss and a pair of sacks as a junior ... Played for head coach Frank Ambrose, who regards him as a "natural leader" ... Rated as the 133rd-best offensive tackle according to ESPN.com. Personal: Full name is Stewart Randall Hinson ... Son of Randy and Stephanie Hinson ... A health fitness specialist major ... Currently holds a 4.16 grade-point average.
Dontrill Hyman, DE, 6-6, 250, Fr., Warsaw, N.C. (Kenan) Highlights
High School: Played both ways as a senior for the Tigers, spending time on offense as a running back ... Selected to the NCPreps.com 1A All-State Team and Wilmington Star News All-Area squad as a senior ... Tallied 151 total tackles (11.6 tackles per game), including 105 solo stops, during final campaign ... Helped Tigers to a 7-6 record and second round of North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1AA playoffs ... Scored a rushing touchdown and led the Tigers with seven tackles in one-point opening-round playoff victory over Union ... Tied for team lead with seven stops in a 28-25 win against Clinton during the first week of the season ... Scored a touchdown on a 65-yard fake punt during a 48-20 triumph over Hobbton ... Played for head coach Ken Avent, Jr. ... Also lettered in basketball at KHS ... Is the Tigers' first Division I signee since Sam Aiken inked with North Carolina in 1998 and went on to play in the NFL.
John Lattimore, DE, 6-4, 265, Jr., Lexington, N.C. (Ventura CC) Highlights
Junior College: A Region IV All-California First Team Defense selection by the Board of Directors of the California Community College Football Coaches Association (CCCFCA) at the end of his sophomore season ... Recorded 43 total tackles, including 19 solo hits during second year with the program ... Also booked 16.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries as a sophomore ... Forced two fumbles and recovered one in final campaign with the Pirates ... Named the Southern California Football Association's Defensive Player-of-the-Week for Oct. 19 (2010), after guiding Ventura to a 28-21 victory over Cerritos ... Made five tackles, three for a loss, four quarterback hurries and a pair of sacks while adding a fumble recovery against Cerritos ... During first year, collected 53 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... Has been timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash. High School: Helped Lexington to an 8-5 record as a senior ... Yellow Jackets advanced to the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs ... A Central Carolina 2A All- Conference selection following final campaign ... Played for head coach Gary Whitman.
Domonique Lennon, DB, 6-2, 190, Fr., Suffolk, Va. (Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) Highlights
High School: A two-year varsity starter for NSA after transferring from Landstown High School prior to junior year ... Earned Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISSA) Division II First-Team All-State honors at defensive back following final campaign ... Named to the 2010 All-Tidewater Conference (TCIS) First Team at defensive back as voted on by coaches ... Leader of a defensive unit that allowed only 18.0 points per game during final season ... During final game of career, against Hampton Roads Academy, intercepted a pass and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown ... Guided Saints to 2009 state title as a two-way standout at safety and quarterback ... Named to the VISSA 2009 Division II First Team All-State squad as a defensive back and received an honorable mention nod at quarterback ... A First-Team All-Tidewater honoree at both positions following junior year ... That season, recorded 85 tackles, six interceptions and a trio of pass breakups ... Played first two years at Landstown as a quarterback and receiver before transferring ... While at Suffolk Academy, coached by Kevin Allen ... Invited to participate in the Maxxscout Battle at the Beach event and All-American Game in Daytona Beach, Fla., following final season ... Has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Ranked by ESPN.com as the 100th-best safety in the country.
Chaz Lowery, OL, 6-5, 268, Fr., Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes) Highlights
High School: A three-year starter for the Dolphins' offensive line ... A Second-Team All-Beach District selection as a senior, despite missing part of the year due to injury ... Helped Ocean Lakes to an 8-3 record and a 30.1 points per game scoring average in 2010 ... Chosen to play for the South Team in the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl All-Star Game following senior year ... Dolphins were undefeated in the regular season at 10-0 during junior season, but were forced to forfeit six games due to using an ineligible player ... Team went 12-1, won the Beach District title and lost to Oscar Smith in the regional final as a sophomore ... Coached by Chris Scott ... One of only 25 region players included on ESPN's Rise list ...Ranked by ESPN.com as one of the top 175 offensive tackles in the nation ... Named to the All-Nike Camp squad ... Listed by The Virginian-Pilot as the 17th-best prospect in South Hampton Roads and as the No. 52 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Also played basketball for Ocean Lakes. Personal: Named to the WAVY-TV's Hampton Roads Young Achiever list, a program designed to encourage and recognize young people who exhibit excellent character, community and school involvement, wise use of leisure time and a commitment to achieve their personal best ... Donates volunteer hours at Virginia Beach Memorial Hospital ... Played key organizing role in the Coach Lowery Cross Country Bash, an event held in memory of his father, teacher and long-time coach Ed Lowery, who lost his courageous fight against lymphoma March 31, 2008 ... Did not play organized football until high school ... Currently possesses a grade point average of 3.5.
Montese Overton, LB, 6-3, 200, Fr., Greenville, N.C. (South Central) Highlights
High School: Three-year letterwinner for the Falcons after playing initial season on the junior varsity squad ... Played inside and outside linebacker for coach Walt Davis at South Central ...Selected as the Greenville Daily Reflector's Defensive Player-of-the-Year following senior campaign in which he totaled 200 tackles, 12 for a loss and five sacks ... Also blocked a punt during final season ... Added Daily Reflector All-Pitt County honors following senior campaign ... Helped guide the Falcons to 9-4 record and appearance in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3AA state playoffs in 2010 ... As a junior, led South Central to its first winning season in school history (8-4), while making 64 tackles and six sacks ... Defensive unit limited foes to 15.2 points per contest during junior campaign ... Has been measured with a vertical leap of 30 inches ... Rated as the 33rd-best prospect in the state of North Carolina according to Scout.com ... A Second-Team selection for the Scout.com U.S. Army All-American Combine Team in January, 2010. Personal: Father, Darrell, played basketball at East Carolina from 1988-91.
Tre Robertson, OL, 6-5, 320, Fr., Roxboro, N.C. (Person) Highlights
High School: Three-year starter and letterwinner for the Rockets ... An All-Piedmont Athletic Conference-6 4-A Conference selection as a junior and senior ... A preseason and post-season 2010 First-Team NCPreps.com 4A All-State member ... Also a post-season NCPreps.com Second Team All-State honoree for all divisions ... Added a Durham Herald Sun All-Area selection after senior year ... During 2010, helped Person gain 3,221 yards of total offense - 1,603 through the air and 1,618 on the ground ... Rockets averaged 20.5 points per game during senior year as team won three of its last four contests ... Credited by prep coaching staff as an excellent pass protector with quick feet ... Guided team to 6-5 record as a junior ... Played final season for head coach Lou Geary, father of current ECU linebacker Jacob Geary ... Rated as the 37th-best prospect in the state of North Carolina according to Scout.com.
Rocco Scarfone, DB, 5-11, 165, Fr., Greensboro, N.C. (Northern Guilford) Highlights
High School: A three-year, two-way starter for the Northern Guilford program, which began playing varsity football in 2008 ... Played both quarterback and cornerback ... Guided the Nighthawks to the 2010 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 3AA championship with a 21-20 victory over Shelby Crest ... Was a perfect 10-of-10 passing during the Crest tilt, throwing for 128 yards and a trio of touchdowns ... During state title run, defeated four conference champions in first five playoff victories ... Played as a receiver and defensive back for much of senior year due to a broken hand suffered in a 15-14 loss to Dudley during the third week of the season ... Threw two touchdown passes against Northeast Guilford, Rockingham County, Triton and Hunt ... Earned First-Team All-Mid-State 3A Conference honors as a defensive back during final campaign ... Nighthawks went 26-4 overall with a 13-1 mark in league action over final two years ... Helped Northern Guilford to the NCHSAA quarterfinals as a junior, when he was a first-team all-league honoree at quarterback ... Completed 122-of-197 passes for 2,303 yards and 29 touchdowns during junior season ... Nighthawks went 10-1 during initial varsity season ... Played for the school's junior varsity program as a freshman in 2007 ... Coached by Johnny Roscoe ... Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January, 2010.
Terrell Stanley, DT, 6-2, 260, Fr., Southport, N.C. (South Brunswick) Highlights
High School: A three-year starter and two-time team captain for the Cougars who played both ways - serving as a tight end/fullback in addition to defensive line role ... A two-time First-Team All-Waccamaw Conference honoree and second-team selection as a sophomore ... A 2010 preseason NCPreps.com 3A All-State selection as a defensive lineman ... Guided South Brunswick to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state quarterfinals during final campaign ... Booked 62 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one blocked punt as a senior ... Scored three touchdowns as a fullback on short-yardage carries in a 26-14 victory over Ashley ... Subsequently, was named the WWAY-TV Stevenson Automotive Player-of-the-Week after Ashley heroics ... Made eight receptions for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns on offense last season ... Tallied 86 tackles, 16 stops for a loss and nine sacks as a junior ... Named the WWAY-TV Player-of-the-Week for August 25, 2009 ... A Second-Team Wilmington Star News All-Area honoree following junior season ... Labeled by prep coaching staff as an active and physical defender ... Invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-America Combine as a junior ... Named the defensive linemen's Most Valuable Player at the Wilmington/Jacksonville (N.C.) Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine ... South Brunswick head coach was Roman Kelley, who played at Appalachian State when current East Carolina associate head coach and linebackers coach John Wiley was in Boone ... According to ESPN.com, ranks among the top 100 defensive tackles in the country ... Also played basketball and ran track for the Cougars. Personal: Full name is Terrell DeVonte Stanley ... Son of George and Pamela Stanley ... Undecided on a collegiate major.
Donte Sumpter, WR, 6-0, 175, Fr., Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach) Highlights
High School: A two-year starter for the Seahawks and Second-Team SCVarsity.com All-State team member as a senior ... Named the High School Sports Report Class AAA Player-of-the-Year after final season ... Helped Myrtle Beach to a 14-1 record and Class AAA state title during senior campaign, leading the squad with 89 receptions for 1,373 yards and 20 touchdowns ... Team lost second game of the year and bounced back to win its last 13 contests ... Hauled in eight passes for 164 yards and a score in the state semifinal contest ... Had four games with two scoring receptions and seven surpassing the 100-yard plateau during final campaign ... Tallied 206 receiving yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:47 left to give the Seahawks a 28-27 victory over South Florence ... Selected to play for the South Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following senior season ... Tallied 78 receptions for 1,103 yards and added 14 scores as a junior ... Helped team to a 13-2 record and a Class AAA state runner-up standing during junior year ... A 2009 High School Sports Report Statewide All-State Offensive Team honoree ... A reserve wide receiver for the Myrtle Beach program in 2008 when it won the state championship ... A two-time WPED-TV Chevy End Zone All-Area selection ... Described as a "relentlessly hard worker" by head coach Mickey Wilson ... Rated as the 35th-best prospect in the state of South Carolina according to Scout.com ... Rated by ESPN.com among the top 115 wide receivers in the country. Personal: Has four uncles who played collegiate football, including one who lettered at Georgia Tech and another at Tennessee ... Older brother, James, played cornerback at Averett College for two years.
Leroy Vick, DT, 6-6, 270, Jr., Wilson, N.C. (Georgia Military College) Highlights
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2011 and will join Pirates for spring drills ... Signed a letter-of-intent during the December junior college signing period. Junior College: A 2010 Preseason NJCAA All-America selection ... Totaled 20 tackles and five sacks during freshman campaign ... Played for head coach Bert Williams ... A four-star recruit according to ESPN.com. High School: A three-year letterwinner for coach Richie Pridgen at Fike High School ... Booked 67 tackles with three sacks and recovered three fumbles during final campaign ... A New-Six All-Conference selection as a senior defensive lineman ... Chosen to start for the East squad at the 2008 East-West All-Star Game ... Tallied 69 tackles, including 20 solo hits, as a junior ... Also lettered in wrestling and track. Personal: Full name is Leroy Percy Vick, Jr. ... Son of Bobby Council and Gwen Robinson ... Born in Baltimore, Md. ... Major is social work.
Jonathan White, DT, 6-4, 275, Fr., High Point, N.C. (Central) Highlights
High School: A three-time 4-A All-Piedmont Triad Conference selection ... A honorable mention selection to the Winston-Salem Journal's 2010 All-Northwest squad ... Helped guide the Bison to a 9-5 overall record and an appearance in the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) playoffs ... Tallied 72 tackles, including 33 solo hits, during senior season ... Booked a season-best 10 tackles in final high school game, a 18-15 playoff defeat to Davie County ... Named the team's most valuable defensive lineman as a senior ... Returned an interception 52 yards for a score in a season-opening overtime win over R.J. Reynolds ... Helped team to a 9-4 overall record with a 4-2 mark in Piedmont Triad 4-A action as a junior ... Advanced to the second round of the NCHSAA playoffs during junior campaign ... Head coach at High Point Central was Wayne Jones ... Also played basketball for the Bison.
Cody Keith, QB, 6-3, 195, Fr., Charlotte, N.C. (Cheshire Academy) Highlights
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2011 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) ... A May, 2010 graduate of Maranatha (Calif.) High School. Prep School/High School: Threw for 3,840 yards and 39 touchdowns at prep school Cheshire Academy during the fall ... Tallied a Connecticut single-game record 637 yards passing against St. Thomas More ... Threw eight touchdown passes in back-to-back games against St. Thomas More and Westminster ... Guided Cats to an 8-1 record and a New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Dan Rorke Bowl title in 2010 ... Passed for 435 yards and two touchdowns in bowl victory over the New Hampton School ... Played for head coach Danny O'Dea at Cheshire ... Selected to play for the 2011 U19 National Team in USA Football's Team USA vs. The World game ... As a senior at Maranatha High School (Pasadena, Calif.), led team to 9-3 record and a quarterfinals appearance in the East Valley Division of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section playoffs ... Minutemen went undefeated in conference play for the first time in 23 years ... Finished senior year completing 157-of-235 passes (66.8%) for 2,212 yards and 21 touchdowns ... Added 507 yards and 10 TDs on the ground ... Head coach at Maranatha was Joel Murphy ... Played for head coach James Martin at South Mecklenburg as a junior, helping team to a 9-6 record and a berth in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state semifinals ... Tallied over 1,000 passing yards and threw 11 touchdowns for the Sabres ... Served as a backup quarterback at Myers Park during sophomore year. Personal: Full name is Christian Calhoun Keith ... Son of Greg and India Keith ... Youngest of five children ... Majoring in business.
Danny Webster, WR, 5-10, 170, Fr., Havelock, N.C. (Havelock) Highlights
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2011 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) ... A December, 2010 graduate of Havelock High School. High School: A two-year and two-way starter at quarterback and safety for Havelock, where he established 22 new school standards records ... Also a two-time All-Coastal Conference, all-area selection and team MVP ... A 2010 preseason NCPreps.com 3A All-State pick as a defensive back ... Named to the Associated Press All-State squad following junior season ... The Coastal Conference 3A Player-of-the-Year as a junior after throwing for 2,722 yards and rushing for 1,426 yards ... Accounted for 50 touchdowns, totaled 68 tackles and picked off six passes while leading Rams to a 13-2 record, an appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state semifinals and a 7-0 mark in Coastal Conference play ... Helped program win first league championship since 2001 ... Returned two interceptions for touchdowns ... Accounted for five touchdowns in 48-0 victory over East Carteret ... Did not participate as a senior ... Became Havelock's starting quarterback as a sophomore, guiding team to an 8-4 mark and playoff berth ... A junior varsity member as a freshman ... Played for head coach Jim Bob Bryant ... Rated as the 38th-best prospect in the state of North Carolina according to Scout.com ... Ranked by ESPN.com as one of the top 100 athletes in the country ... A three-sport standout who earned two varsity letters playing basketball and three as a centerfielder on the baseball team. Personal: Full name is Danny Ray Webster, Jr. ... Son of Kelly Webster ... Majoring in psychology.
C.J. Struyk, OL/DS, 6-2, 285, Fr., Morehead City, N.C. (West Carteret) Highlights
Will join the East Carolina program in the fall as an "invited" walk-on (non-NLI/non-scholarship prospect) ... Per NCAA release requirements, has officially declared his intent and commitment to attend ECU after completing admission procedures. High School: Started at center and as the long snapper as a senior, helping the Patriots to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3AA state playoffs - WCHS's first post-season appearance since 2004 ... Helped West Carteret to a 5-2 mark and third-place showing in the Coastal Conference ... Selected to play for the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following senior season ... Earned the starting nod at center for the contest and became just the fourth player from Carteret County to ever play in the game ... A NCPreps.com 3A First-Team All-State and all-Coastal Conference selection following final campaign ...Named the team's best offensive lineman and strongest man as a senior ... Helped the Patriot offense average 31.1 points per contest during 2010 ... West Carteret went 5-6 during junior season and 3-8 as a sophomore ... Wrestled for the Patriot program as a freshman and senior. Personal: Father, Curtis, lettered as a defensive tackle for the Pirate football program in 1984 and was an assistant for the Patriot program.
2011 East Carolina Football Signees
|NAME||POS||HT||WT||CL.||HOMETOWN (Previous School)|
|Chris Baker||DE||6-3||230||Jr.||Greenville, Miss. (Hinds CC)|
|Jeton Beavers||DE||6-5||260||Fr.||Virginia Beach, Va. (Bayside)|
|Zeek Bigger||LB||6-2||210||Fr.||Gastonia, N.C. (Ashbrook)|
|Joseph Blanks||LB||6-2||230||Jr.||Pembroke, N.C. (ASA)|
|Chevelle Buie||RB||5-9||170||Fr.||Cocoa, Fla. (Cocoa)|
|Reggie Bullock||RB||5-9||175||Jr.||Las Vegas, Nev. (Arizona Western CC)|
|Antonio Cannon||WR||6-2||175||Fr.||Central, S.C. (Daniel)|
|Treshawn Council||LB||6-1||210||Fr.||Durham, N.C. (Hillside)|
|Will Foxx||DT||6-2||280||Fr.||Greensboro, N.C. (Oak Ridge Military Academy)|
|Chris Hairston||RB||6-0||200||Fr.||Winston-Salem, N.C. (Parkland)|
|Isaac Harris||OL||6-7||270||Fr.||Irmo, S.C. (Dutch Fork)|
|Glen Hilliard||DB||5-10||170||Fr.||Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna)|
|Stewart Hinson||OL||6-7||270||Fr.||Monroe, N.C. (Piedmont)|
|Dontrill Hyman||DE||6-6||250||Fr.||Warsaw, N.C. (Kenan)|
|*Cody Keith||QB||6-3||195||Fr.||Charlotte, N.C. (Cheshire Academy)|
|John Lattimore||DE||6-4||265||Jr.||Lexington, N.C. (Ventura CC)|
|Domonique Lennon||DB||6-2||190||Fr.||Suffolk, Va. (Nansemond-Suffolk Academy)|
|Chaz Lowery||OL||6-5||268||Fr.||Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes)|
|Montese Overton||LB||6-3||200||Fr.||Greenville, N.C. (South Central)|
|Tre Robertson||OL||6-5||320||Fr.||Roxboro, N.C. (Person)|
|Rocco Scarfone||DB||5-11||165||Fr.||Greensboro, N.C. (Northern Guilford)|
|Terrell Stanley||DT||6-2||260||Fr.||Southport, N.C. (South Brunswick)|
|#C.J. Struyk||OL/DS||6-2||285||Fr.||Morehead City, N.C. (West Carteret)|
|Donte Sumpter||WR||6-0||175||Fr.||Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach)|
|Leroy Vick||DT||6-6||270||Jr.||Wilson, N.C. (Georgia Military College)|
|*Danny Webster||WR||5-10||170||Fr.||Havelock, N.C. (Havelock)|
|Jonathan White||DT||6-4||275||Fr.||High Point, N.C. (Central)|
*signed a grant-in-aid with ECU; Keith, Vick and Webster enrolled at ECU in January, 2011; #invited walk-on