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East Carolina football’s 2016 signing class includes 11 from North Carolina

First-year East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery ended up with a 2016 signing class of 22 that includes 11 from North Carolina.
First-year East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery ended up with a 2016 signing class of 22 that includes 11 from North Carolina. AP

Scottie Montgomery wanted to add size and weight on both offense and defense in his first recruiting class as East Carolina’s head coach.

The former Duke offensive coordinator, who took over for Ruffin McNeill in December, had only a little more than a month to recruit - but says he struck a balance with his 22-member 2016 signing class that includes 11 from North Carolina. Eleven of the 22 signees are projected to play offense, the other 11 defense.

“We thought it was imperative to offer balance in this first group,” Montgomery said in a press release. “Offensively, we signed to the needs of the unit with program-type players who we expect to develop and are here for the duration, while on defense, our objectives were addressed with the addition of strong defensive backs and front seven personnel.”

ECU expects to have five offensive and six defensive returning starters at the start of spring drills on March 16. The Pirates open their season Sept. 3 at home against Western Carolina.

Here’s a look at ECU’s 2016 signee roster:

NAME

POS

HT

WT

CLASS

HOMETOWN (Previous School)

Sean Bailey

OL

6-6

335

Fr.

Cumming, Ga. (Lambert High)

Keyshawn Canady

DB

6-0

185

Fr.

Wallace (Wallace-Rose Hill)

Tahj Deans

WR

6-2

185

Fr.

Bailey (Southern Nash)

Jarred Dorton

OL

6-6

345

Jr.

Bakersfield, Calif. (North High/

Bakersfield College)

Jack Doyle

OL

6-4

260

Fr.

Wake Forest (Heritage)

Kendall Futrell

LB

6-2

215

Fr.

Winterville (South Central High)

Johnnie Glaspie

RB

5-11

180

Fr.

Rose Hill (Wallace-Rose Hill)

Colby Gore

DB

5-11

170

Fr.

Little River, S.C. (North Myrtle Beach High)

Cortez Herrin

OL

6-3

330

Fr.

Saluda, S.C. (Saluda High)

Reid Herring

QB

6-3

175

Fr.

Raleigh (Millbrook)

Hussein Howe

RB

5-9

175

Fr.

Jacksonville, Fla. (University Christian High)

Emmanuel Jones

DB

6-0

175

Fr.

Asheboro (Asheboro High)

Jalen Price

DL

6-2

290

Fr.

Williamston (Riverside High)

Chance Purvis

LB

6-4

220

Fr.

Meridian, Miss. (Lamar School)

Raequan Purvis

DL

6-2

270

Fr.

Plymouth (Plymouth High)

Aaron Ramseur

LB

6-1

215

Fr.

Shelby (Crest)

D’Ante Smith

OL

6-4

310

Fr.

Grovetown, Ga. (Grovetown HS)

Javontay Smith

DB

6-0

180

Fr.

Columbus, Ga. (Carver HS)

Kenyon Taylor

DB

6-2

170

Fr.

High Point (South Guilford)

Alex Turner

DL

6-2

290

Fr.

Houston, Texas (Jersey Village HS)

Anthony Watley

TE

6-3

240

Fr.

Jacksonville, Fla. (Atlantic Coast HS)

Eric Weber

TE

6-2

220

Fr.

Blythewood, S.C. (Blythewood HS)

NOTE: Colby Gore and Cortez Herrin enrolled at ECU in January.

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