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Montgomery Lands Solid Recruiting Class At East Carolina

Needing to come up strong with a late start to the recruiting process, Montgomery and company landed several impressive recruits for the 2016 season.

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Attempting to keep a recruiting class together at the last minute while starting his head coaching career, East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery landed a solid 2016 recruiting class. He ended up with a couple of last minute flips that added talent on both sides of the ball.

Let's take a look at the class.

  1. Cortez Herrin, OG (Saluda HS): The 6-4, 320 pound offensive guard out of Saluda, South Carolina is one of two early enrollees in this signing class. Herrin is a three-star recruit and the #25 player in South Carolina.
  2. Javontay Smith, S (Carver HS): The 6-2, 200 pound safety out of Columbus, Georgia is the top ranked recruit of this class. The former North Carolina commit is a three-star recruit and the #105 player in Georgia. Smith chose the Pirates over offers from Alabama, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Nebraska, Tennessee, and UCLA.
  3. Johnnie Glaspie, RB (Wallace-Rose Hill): The 5-11, 180 pound running back out of Teachey, North Carolina is one of two running backs signed. He is a three-star recruit and the #46 player in North Carolina.
  4. Emmanuel Jones, WR (Asheboro HS): The 6-2, 180 pound wide receiver out of Asheboro, North Carolina is one of three wide receivers signed to the 2016 class. He is a three-star recruit and the #47 player in North Carolina.
  5. Tahj Deans, WR (Southern Nash HS): The 6-2, 185 pound wide receiver out of Bailey, North Carolina is one of three wide receivers in this year's class. Deans is a three-star recruit and the #48 player in North Carolina. Deans took part in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
  6. Reid Herring, QB (Millbrook HS): The 6-3, 180 pound quarterback out of Raleigh, North Carolina is the only quarterback signed to the 2016 recruiting class. Herring is a three-star recruit and the #51 player in North Carolina.
  7. D'Ante Smith, OT (Grovetown HS): The 6-5, 297 pound offensive tackle out of Grovetown, Georgia is one of four offensive players in the trenches to sign with ECU. Smith is a three-star recruit and the #132 player in Georgia.
  8. Raequan Purvis, DE (Plymouth): The 6-3, 360 pound defensive end out of Plymouth, North Carolina is one of four defensive linemen to sign with East Carolina. A three-star recruit, Purvis is the #59 player in North Carolina.
  9. Keyshawn Canady, CB (Wallace-Rose Hill): The 6-0, 180 pound cornerback out of Teachey, North Carolina is one of three defensive back signees in 2016. A three-star recruit, Canady is the #60 player in North Carolina.
  10. Chance Purvis, OLB (Lamar School): The 6-3, 225 pound outside linebacker from Meridian, Mississippi is the only recruit in 2016 to come from that state. Purvis is a three-star recruit and the #39 player in Mississippi.
  11. Sean Bailey, OL: The 6-6, 322 pound offensive tackle is one of four offensive linemen to sign with the Pirates. He is a three-star recruit and the #154 player in Georgia. Bailey chose ECU over offers from Cincinnati and Purdue.
  12. Kendall Futrell, DE (South Central HS): The 6-2, 215 pound defensive end out of Winterville, North Carolina is one of four signees from the defensive line. A three-star recruit, Futrell is the #73 player in North Carolina.
  13. Jack Doyle, OT (Heritage HS): The 6-6, 240 offensive tackle from Wake Forest, North Carolina is one of four offensive linemen to sign with East Carolina in 2016.  A three-star recruit, Doyle is the #75 ranked player in North Carolina.
  14. Anthony Watley, TE (Atlantic Coast HS): Watley, a recent commit, is a 6-3, 245 tight end that can come in an play immediately for ECU. A three-star recruit, Watley is the #245 ranked player in the state of Florida.
  15. Kenyon Taylor, WR (Southern Guilford HS): The 6-2, 185 pound wide receiver out of Greensboro, North Carolina is one of three wide receivers to sign with ECU in 2016. A two-star recruit, Taylor is the #82 ranked player in North Carolina.
  16. Eric Weber, TE (Blythewood HS): The 6-3, 220 pound tight end out of Blythewood, South Carolina is one of two tight end signees from this class. A two-star recruit, Weber is also the #51 ranked player in South Carolina.
  17. Jalen Price, DT (Riverside HS): The 6-1, 280 pound defensive tackle from Williamston, North Carolina is one of four defensive linemen signees in the 2016 class. A two-star recruit, Price is the #85 ranked player in North Carolina.
  18. Aaron Ramseur, ILB (Crest HS): The 6-0, 220 pound inside linebacker is a native of Shelby, North Carolina. A two-star recruit, he is the #86 ranked player in North Carolina.
  19. Alexander Turner, DT (Jersey Village HS): The 6-3, 285 pound defensive tackle out of Houston, Texas is the only signee from the Lonestar State in 2016. A two-star recruit, he is the #430 ranked player in the state of Texas.
  20. Hussein Howe, RB (University Christian School): A 5-9, 175 pound running back out of Jacksonville, Florida, Howe is a big get for the PIrates. Howe is a three-star recruit and the #102 ranked player in Florida.
  21. Colby Gore, DB ((North Myrtle Beach HS): Originally a member of the 2015 recruiting class, Gore instead enrolled at ECU following the 2015 fall semester. He is a member of the 2016 class.

The Unknown:

Jarred Dorton, an offensive tackle out of Bakersfield College is the only expected signee to not sign with the program. He could still sign with the program later today or even in the new few day or weeks. We will keep an eye on this.

Any Surprises?

Hussein Howe. The running back was offered by many schools, but decided to come to ECU. He, along with Smith at safety, could realistically start immediately.