Four local athletes among 19 signees for ECU football on early signing day


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - The East Carolina University football team announced the signing of 19 players, 13 on defense, during a ceremony Wednesday.

This is the first early-signing period for college football. High school prospects are able to sign national letters-of-intent with respective schools through Friday.

CLICK HERE to see bios of those who have signed with ECU

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The Pirates announced 17 of those who signed are in high school with two in junior college. Of those signed, seven are defensive backs (including the two junior college transfers) and three are linemen and linebackers. Among those are:

-- Khalil Barrett, a Havelock senior defensive back

-- D'Angelo McKinnie, a Southwest Onslow senior defensive lineman

-- Jireh Wilson, a Northside-Jacksonville linebacker


Welcome aboard @kb_lillio! #P1R8TESNSD #NSD18

— ECU Football (@ECUPiratesFB) December 20, 2017



Welcome aboard @A1Jay1__ #P1R8TESNSD #NSD18

— ECU Football (@ECUPiratesFB) December 20, 2017



Welcome aboard @A1Jay1__ #P1R8TESNSD #NSD18

— ECU Football (@ECUPiratesFB) December 20, 2017



#ECUFootball Commit QB @holtahlers15 on the big screen at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ???????? @ecupiratesfb #nationalsigningday #p1r8tesnsd #TheVoiceofthePirateNation

— Pirate Radio (@pirateradio1250) December 20, 2017



ECU 2018 Dynamic Duo! NC's #1 ranked QB @holtahlers15 & #1 ranked Center @pwinstead57. It's about to get REAL! #GoPirates

— Coach Bob Winstead (@bwinstead) December 20, 2017



Welcome aboard @holtahlers15 #P1R8TESNSD #NSD18

— ECU Football (@ECUPiratesFB) December 20, 2017



D'Angelo McKinnie from Southwest Onslow @swo_football signs his fancy letter of intent to @ECUPiratesFB

— Brian North WCTI (@BrianNorth4) December 20, 2017



Khalil Barrett and Avery Jones signing letters of intent with @ECUPiratesFB and @GoHeels respectively.

— Brian North WCTI (@BrianNorth4) December 20, 2017


On the offensive side, the Pirates signed two linemen, two receivers, a tight end and a quarterback -- D.H. Conley senior Holton Ahlers. Ahlers is one of seven incoming freshmen who are expected to enroll at ECU in January.

"While we certainly addressed talent, speed and athleticism, which are vital to successfully compete in the American Athletic Conference, we also gained a class of young men with character who epitomize our core values," ECU coach Scottie Montgomery said. "A program is built with quality people and this group is a testament to that. I'm proud of our staff and the battles we fought, and I look forward to the future with a great deal of anticipation and optimism."

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