Pirates announce 2017 signees
Addressing personnel shortages at the offensive line and defensive line positions, as well as enhancing athleticism of skilled performers, were priorities for second-year East Carolina head football coach Scottie Montgomery as the Pirates announced a balanced 22-member 2017 signing class Wednesday.
Included in ECU’s total number were five mid-year junior college transfers who were announced in December and six freshmen who are enrolled in classes at East Carolina and will participate in spring drills next month. Rookies DL Taijh Alston, WR Jayden Borders, WR Leroy Henley, QB Kingsley Ifedi, OL Matt Morgan and LB Ben Norris joined junior college signees LB Cannon Gibbs, DB Marcus Holton Jr., OL Dqmarcus Shaw and TE Eric Weber in the Pirates’ program early.
Of the 22, 11 are projected to play on the offensive side of the ball, while the remaining 11 will line up on defense. Offensively, the Pirates signed four wide receivers, three linemen, two running backs, a tight end and a quarterback. On defense, ECU is looking forward to bulking up its front seven by adding five linemen and three linebackers, along with three secondary performers. Among the six overall junior college transfers, three are expected to affect the trenches on both lines of scrimmage.
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