Garrett McGhin, OL, 6-6, 270, Fr. Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State HS)
High School: Starred as the Seminole's starting tackle as a senior for coach Jarrod Hickman … Also experienced action as a tight end, recording a pair of catches for 12 yards to help FSHS to an 8-5 record in 2013 …Rated among the top 140 offensive tackle prospects nationally … Reportedly turned in a time of 5.49 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.97 clip in the 20-yard shuttle, a 21.6" vertical jump, a power throw of 33.5 and a SPARQ rating of 54.57 according to ESPN.com … Committed to ECU on Dec. 6 prior to the Pirates' trip to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl … Has aspirations of possibly being a two-sport athlete at East Carolina, meeting with head baseball coach Billy Godwin during his visit to Greenville in early November … Currently sports a career batting average of .349 with four home runs … Said game-day atmosphere and environment at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium played a critical role in decision to attend ECU.
Quincy McKinney, OL, 6-4, 311, Jr., Columbus, Ga. (Hutchinson CC)
Junior College: Ranked among the nation's top 10 junior college offensive line prospects - No. 5 by 247Sports and No. 9 by ESPN.com … Earned a scout grade of 78, has a three-star designation and holds membership in ESPN's JC 50. Prep School/High School: Spent one season at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy as a post-graduate player and started at right tackle … Won two letters while completing his prep career at Carver High School in Columbus, Ga. … Recruited by NC State, Louisville, Arizona State and Kansas State … Initially signed with the Wolfpack in 2012 (and enrolled in the spring semester) after being recruited by Rutgers and Mississippi during his first recruiting cycle after high school.
Blake Norwood, DB, 6-0, 189, Fr., Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola)
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2014 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) … Recruited by East Carolina and was part of the 2013 class as an unsigned grayshirt. High School: Netted four interceptions as a senior in 2012 … Selected to the Pensacola News-Journal's All-Area squad (second team) … Participated in the '12 Subway High School All-Star Game, which was played in his hometown ... Reportedly turned in a time of 4.74 in the 40-yard dash, while also adding strength and conditioning testing numbers in the 20-yard shuttle (4.66), vertical jump (26.8") and SPARQ rating (65.91) according to ESPN.com.
Cody Purdie, DB, 5-11, 183, Fr., New Bern, N.C. (New Bern)
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2014 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). High School: A three-year starter for coach Bobby Curlings and his New Bern Bears … Experienced action on both sides of the ball, lining up at running back on offense and at linebacker on defense … Most of his contributions for NBHS's 9-4 squad in 2013 were on offense as he rushed for a team-high 1,317 yards and 11 touchdowns on 180 carries (7.32 ypr) … Hauled in six catches for 123 yards … Long single-play efforts were a 59-yard run and a 41-yard reception during senior campaign … Helped lead Bears to a perfect 15-0 mark and state 4-A title as a junior, primarily playing defense … Logged 143 stops, including 10 sacks and 20 tackles for lost yardage, as a linebacker … Also rushed for 177 yards and eight TDs on 28 attempts as the unit's top short-yardage back …Forced a fumble on a third-quarter blitz that was considered a momentum changer during New Bern's 39-38 win over Porter Ridge in the state title contest … Reportedly turned in a time of 4.99 in the 40-yard dash according to ESPN.com … Other strength and conditioning testing numbers include a 4.31 clip in the 20-yard shuttle and a 35.0" vertical jump … Committed to East Carolina on June 12. Personal: Full name is Codondrea Purdie.
Messiah Rice, OT, 6-5, 255, Fr., Orangeburg, S.C. (Wilkinson)
High School: Earned an invitation to represent South Carolina in the prestigious Shrine Bowl at the conclusion of his senior year … A First-Team All-Area (offense) selection by the Orangeburg Times & Democrat … Helped guide Bruins to a 9-2 record, which included a perfect 5-0 road mark, as a senior … Wilkinson advanced to the state playoffs but fell in the opening round to North Myrtle Beach High School (52-35) … A three-year letterwinner who also was a key part of a 7-5 squad in 2012 (5-3 region) … Reportedly ran a 4.9 in the 40-yard dash and reached 315 pounds on the bench press … A strong student with a grade point average of 3.5 … Made his commitment to the Pirate program on Aug. 28, just three days prior to ECU's season opener against Old Dominion.
Anthony Scott, RB, 5-9, 180, Fr., Virginia Beach, Va. (Green Run)
High School: A highly-regarded ball-carrier who rushed for 1,313 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior … Also had 37 receptions for 915 yards and eight scores for coach Jeff McGowan … Selected as the Virginian-Pilot's Beach District Offensive Player-of-the-Year and was a first-team all-district choice … Racked up 304 yards of total offense in a playoff victory over Maury High School … Advanced to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Salem (27-7) … Ranked by ESPN.com as one of the top 50 prospects in the Commonwealth of Virginia and earned a scout grade of 71 … Also listed among the nation's top 160 running backs by ESPN.com … Recruited by ACC members Virginia Tech and Maryland, along with Big 12 member West Virginia.
Corey Seargent, DB, 6-0, 180, Fr., Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern)
High School: A high-impact defender who played a key role in Northwestern High School's state championship run and perfect 15-0 season in 2013 … Trojans earned a final national rank of ninth (9th) after routing Stratford 62-35 in the state title contest on Dec. 7 … Credited with 148 tackles (91 solo), seven pass breakups, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, the latter including a 34-yard return … Also logged 3.0 tackles for lost yardage from his secondary position for coach Kyle Richardson … Was the Charlotte Observer's Region Defensive Player-of-the-Year and earned first-team all-region accolades … A three-star prospect who ranks among the top 35 overall players in the state of South Carolina according to ESPN.com … Also earned a final scout grade of 74 and rates as one of the top 110 safeties nationally … Offensively, pulled down six receptions for 133 yards and a TD, and while on special teams, contributed an 81-yard kickoff return vs. Gaffney as a senior … Top defensive single-game performance(s) were a pair of 20 solo tackle outings against Charlotte Catholic and Byrnes … Selected to play in the prestigious Shrine Bowl … A key contributor to NHS's 12-3 record (6-1 in league play) in 2012 while a junior … Various recruiting publications consistently used "loves to hit and play full speed" when describing approach to game … Committed to East Carolina on Jan. 21 …Also recruited by Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska … Played in same prep program as current Pirate senior ILB Brandon Williams.
Kyron Speller, ILB, 6-1, 235, Fr., Virginia Beach, Va. (Kempsville)
High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-time Virginian-Pilot All-Beach District selection … Played on both sides of the ball (fullback and defensive line) for Kempsville High School, but will be regarded as a defender at the collegiate level … Posted 65 tackles, 10.5 stops for lost yardage, six sacks, two forced fumbles, three blocks as a senior … Also scored three touchdowns in 2013 … During junior campaign, logged 75 hits, 14.5 TFLs, six sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, two blocks and an interception … Served as the Chiefs' team captain during senior year … Ranks as the No. 28 overall prospect in the Commonwealth of Virginia according to various recruiting services … Committed to the Pirate program on Dec. 10 prior to ECU's departure for the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl … Also recruited by Army and Navy. Personal: Full name is Kyron D. Speller … Born Nov. 7, 1994 at Norfolk, Va. … Son of Kendra Speller and Ronald Briley, Jr. … Nickname is Spazz … Hobbies include paintball, four-wheeling and working on cars.
Ray Tillman, ILB, 6-1, 193, Fr., Lithonia, Ga. (Miller Grove)
High School: An ESPN.com three-star prospect who earned a scout grade of 74 and ranks among the top 50 running backs in the Southeast … Selected as the Class 6-AAAAA Defensive Player-of-the-Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Played for coach Daydrin Shell on a Wolverine squad that compiled a 4-6 mark in 2013 … Reported strength and conditioning testing numbers include a 4.95 clip in the 40-yard dash, a 4.69 time in the 20-yard shuttle, a 30.7" vertical jump and a 35.0 power throw … Made his commitment to East Carolina on Feb. 2 at the conclusion of the Pirates' final visitation weekend … Recruited by Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ole Miss and Tennessee early during the process. Personal: Full name is Rayshod Miller.
Drew Turnage, DB, 6-0, 185, Fr., Ayden, N.C. (Ayden-Grifton)
High School: A four-year letterman and starter for coach Paul Cornwell at nearby Ayden-Grifton High School … Starred on both sides of the ball during prep career, playing both linebacker and in the secondary on defense and running back on offense … Rushed for 1,384 yards (9.1 ypr) and scored 17 touchdowns, while adding 47 tackles, three interceptions and three kickoff returns for scores during senior year as a team captain … Earned All-Carolina 1-AA Conference honors and was selected to the All-Pitt County squad by the Greenville Daily Reflector … Started on the varsity at free safety as a freshman because of an injury and maintained the job during playoff wins over Trask and Gates County … Booked 68 tackles and netted seven pass thefts during sophomore campaign, while also rushing for 412 yards on seven carries (five TDs) … Part of two conference championships, a division title and a state runner-up finish during his prep career … Appearance in state title game as a sophomore capped a 13-2 season, which was followed by a 9-3 campaign in 2012 and a 7-7 mark in 2013 … Reportedly ran a time of 4.4 in the 40-yard dash … Has earned an additional four letters as a standout track athlete, competing in the 100 meters (10.7), the 300 hurdles, the 400 meters and the long jump … Committed to the Pirate program on May 13. Personal: Full name is Jonathan Andrew Turnage, but prefers to go by Drew … Born April 5, 1996 in Greenville, N.C. … Son of Urban and Gwen Turnage … A strong student in the classroom who possesses a grade point average of 3.0 … Lists playing basketball and boxing as hobbies of choice.
Masaddiq Walton, OLB, 6-3, 245, Fr., Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes)
High School: Earned selection to the Virginian-Pilot's First-Team All-Beach District squad as a junior and senior … An all-state honoree in 2013 as a team captain … A four-year letterman for coach Chris Scott at Ocean Lakes, a program which also produced current Pirates Chaz Lowery (OL) and Demetri McGill (DL) … Helped Dolphins to a 12-1 record and state playoff appearance during senior year … OLHS advanced to the semifinals before falling 23-20 to Colonial Forge … Was a two-way player during prep career, lining up as a defensive end and offensive tackle … Was part of an Ocean Lakes squad that posted a 14-1 record in 2012 and an 8-3-1 mark in 2011 … Committed to the Pirates on Aug. 9 … Also recruited by Navy … Reportedly turned in a broad jump of 9'9", a squat lift of 500 pounds, a bench press of 315 and a 40 time of 4.69 … Picked up additional letters in track (shot put). Personal: Full name is Masaddiq Izhaar Walton … Born Jan. 25, 1996 at Virginia Beach, Va. … Son of Harvey and Cecilia Walton … An honor roll performer in the classroom … Plans to major in engineering … Cousin Bucky Hodges, who played at Virginia Beach's Salem High School, is currently a freshman quarterback in the Virginia Tech program.
Markel Winters, OLB/DL, 6-3, 226, Fr., Tallahassee, Fla. (Rickards)
High School: Credited with 74 tackles - 22 for lost yardage - nine sacks and one forced fumble during senior season at Rickards High School … Lined up at defensive end, on the offensive line and as a blocking tight end for coach Quintin Lewis … Helped the Raiders compile a 9-2 record in 2013 … Logged 67 stops, 12 TFLs, five sacks, five quarterback hurries and one interception as a junior in 2012 … In all, completed his prep career with five forced fumbles while averaging 6.7 tackles per game … Earned a scout grade of 76 according to ESPN.com … Ranked among the top 85 players nationally at his position and is listed as one of Florida's top 150 overall (all positions) prospects … Reported strength and conditioning testing numbers include a 5.28 time in the 40-yard dash, a 4.40 clip in the 20-yard shuttle, a 25.8" vertical jump, a 36.0 power throw and a SPARQ rating of 68.91 … Various recruiting publications use label of "toughness and attitude, a punishing tackler" … Made his commitment to East Carolina on Feb. 2 … Also recruited by UCF and USF.
2014 EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL SIGNEES
NAME POS HT WT CL. HOMETOWN
Steve Baggett TE 6-5 225 Fr. Beaufort, S.C. (Beaufort HS)
Des Barmore OL 6-6 284 Fr. Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway HS)
Yiannis Bowden OLB 6-5 215 Fr. Kernersville, N.C. (Glenn HS)
Trevon Brown OWR 6-2 192 Fr. Wilmington, N.C. (New Hanover HS)
Curtis Burston OWR 6-1 212 Fr. Apex, N.C. (Middle Creek HS)
Joe Carter ILB 6-2 220 Fr. Ponte Vedra, Fla. (Ponte Vedra HS)
Kyle Erickson OL 6-4 286 Fr. Fayetteville, N.C. (Jack Britt HS)
Alex Evans DE 6-6 215 Fr. Silver Spring, Md. (Springbrook HS)
Malik Gray OWR 6-1 194 Fr. Inman, S.C. (Chapman HS)
Terrell Green OWR 6-4 190 Fr. Charleston, S.C. (Hanahan HS)
Shaun James DL 6-4 235 Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Green Run HS)
Quay Johnson IWR 5-10 170 Fr. Knightdale, N.C. (Knightdale HS)
Erik Lenzen OL 6-5 265 Fr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., (Cardinal Gibbons HS)
Dontae Levingston OL 6-4 280 Jr. Harbor City, Calif. (Santa Monica College)
Dre Massey IWR 6-0 175 Fr. Mauldin, S.C. (Mauldin HS)
Garrett McGhin OL 6-5 270 Fr. Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State HS)
Quincy McKinney OL 6-4 311 Jr. Columbus, Ga. (Hutchinson CC)
Blake Norwood DB 6-0 189 Fr. Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola HS)
Cody Purdie DB 5-11 183 Fr. New Bern, N.C. (New Bern HS)
Messiah Rice OT 6-5 255 Fr. Orangeburg, S.C. (Wilkinson HS)
Anthony Scott RB 5-9 180 Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Green Run HS)
Corey Seargent DB 6-0 180 Fr. Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern HS)
Kyron Speller ILB 6-1 235 Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Kempsville HS)
Ray Tillman ILB 6-1 193 Fr. Lithonia, Ga. (Miller Grove HS)
Drew Turnage DB 6-0 185 Fr. Ayden, N.C. (Ayden-Grifton HS)
Masaddiq Walton OLB 6-3 245 Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes HS)
Markel Winters OLB/DL 6-3 226 Fr. Tallahassee, Fla. (Rickards HS)
Brown, Burston, Norwood and Purdie enrolled at ECU in January.