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Pirates dig up a 'gem' in 252

Riverside High School coach Asim McGill has a message for college football recruiters – don't ignore players from the 252 area code. “People forget about us in the 252 area code,'' McGill said. “We're not in the big 910 or 919 areas. But we've got good players down here.'' ... More from Sammy Batten...

Commits: Rondre Knowles-Tener, Jalen Price, Kenyon Taylor

East Carolina has added more talent to its growing recruiting class of 2016 with verbals from defensive linemen Rondre Knowles-Tener (left) and Jalen Price (middle) and wide receiver Kenyon Taylor (right). ... Thumbnail sketches...

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Chase's turn for the better pays off

Justin Chase was once trouble off the football field, but these days he's become a problem on it for opposing defenses. Chase, from Chesapeake, VA, is a rising senior at Great Bridge High School. ... More from Sammy Batten...



Recruiting Wars: Linebackers

Two of the best linebackers in recent East Carolina history will complete their college football careers at the end of the 2015 season. But due to the astute recruiting done in recent classes by the ECU coaching staff the linebacker positions should remain solid even after Zeek Bigger and Montese Overton complete their eligibility ... More from Sammy Batten...

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Thumbnail: OT Justin Chase

With a number of FBS offers in hand and interest brewing from other suitors, Chesapeake (VA) Great Bridge High School offensive tackle Justin Chase made his choice on Saturday when he committed to join East Carolina's recruiting class of 2016. ... Thumbnail sketch...



Recruiting Wars: Defensive Line

East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill proudly points out every chance he gets – and rightly so – that three of the last four Super Bowl champions included a former Pirate on its roster. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Recruiting Wars: QB | RB | WR/TE | OL | DL | LB | DB



Panthers end ECU's season

CORAL GABLES, FL — Florida International scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning and handed East Carolina a 2-0 loss on Saturday in an elimination game in the NCAA regional hosted by Miami. The Pirates finished 40-22, winning the American Athletic Conference tournament six days beforehand. “Just really proud of our guys," said ECU coach Cliff Godwin at the conclusion of the 2015 campaign. ... More...



Columbia upsets Pirates

CORAL GABLES, FL — Third-seeded Columbia used a five-run sixth inning to upset second-seeded East Carolina 6-3 in the opening game of the NCAA regional hosted by Miami on Friday. ... More...

Pictured: ECU's Luke Lowery coils for the delivery from Columbia pitcher George Thanopoulos in the opening game of the Coral Gables, FL, regional on Friday. Photo by Brian Bailey.


Injury brought ECU, Herrin together

Showing loyalty when others shied away helped the East Carolina coaching staff land its latest prospect for the recruiting class of 2016. The Pirates received their third verbal commitment from a rising high school senior late last week from Saluda, SC, offensive lineman Cortez Herrin (left). ... More from Sammy Batten...



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