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East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery watches his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia defeated East Carolina 56-20. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

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By Nathan Summers
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

As predicted, Wednesday’s traditional National Signing Day for the East Carolina football team does not promise a great deal of drama, or signings.

But ECU and third-year head coach Scottie Montgomery still hope to make two pivotal additions to the 19 signatures they collected during the NCAA’s first-ever early signing period back in December.

Expected to sign is former Penn State commit Dorian Hardy, a defensive end prototype out of New Jersey’s North Brunswick High School. Hardy could be a key newcomer on a line that last season lacked continuity and big play production from start to finish.

The team reportedly gave careful consideration to Hardy’s scholarship offer being rescinded by PSU after Hardy was involved in a heavily publicized post-practice altercation last season that reportedly landed a freshman teammate in the hospital.

Every bit as big would be landing a signature from Kissimmee, Fla., running back Malcolm Davidson, who previously committed to Florida Atlantic and coach Lane Kiffin but who as of Tuesday night was believed to also be in the running with the Pirates and others.

Davidson, out of Osceola High School, would be the lone tailback signee in the class, which Montgomery hopes will grow to 21 by day’s end.

Junior college offensive lineman Reuben Lewis (Coffeyville, Kan., Community College) was on the Pirates’ radar and visited campus over the weekend, but the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Apopka, Fla., native ultimately chose Kansas.

In the early period, ECU cashed in on defensive backs with seven total coming on board. Also added to the mix on defense were three linebackers, and the addition of Hardy would bring the total linemen haul to four for new defensive coordinator David Blackwell and new line coach Rod Wright.

On offense, the focal point of the class all along was local quarterback Holton Ahlers out of D.H. Conley, but in addition to him the Pirates also reeled in two new offensive linemen for first-year position coach Don Mahoney along with a pair of new receivers and a tight end.

Contact Nathan Summers at nsummers@reflector.com, 252-329-9595 and follow @NateSumm99 on Twitter.

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