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Freshwater's status still uncertain at ECU

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Traveon Freshwater (4) for Elizabeth City Northeastern tries to get by D.H. Conley's C.J. Johnson during a game at Conley last season. Both players signed with East Carolina, but the Pirates are still waiting for Freshwater to qualify and join the roster.

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — Coach Mike Houston remains optimistic yet not in position to announce whether or not Traveon Freshwater will be on East Carolina football’s roster for this season.

The former Elizabeth City Northeastern High School star running back and linebacker signed with ECU in December to play defensive end and as the highest-rated prospect in the Pirates’ recruiting class, but Freshwater still is trying to qualify academically to become the final signee to officially join the Pirates. The other 20 signees are all on the roster for preseason camp set to begin Aug. 2.

“We are doing everything we can to try to assist Traveon, and he is working very hard on his end to try to make sure that he is at East Carolina this fall,” Houston said Tuesday during American Athletic Conference media days. “Hopefully that is the case. I’d say we’ll know in the coming weeks and will probably know before fall camp opens.”

Going to a prep school is a likely option for Freshwater if he does not qualify to play this year.

He was a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and rated three stars by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com, verbally committing to the Pirates last August over reported scholarship offers from Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and others.

Houston also said Tuesday that the Pirates’ full roster will probably not be complete until August. Like most other teams during the offseason, ECU has looked at transfer options at skill positions since spring practice ended April 13.

“It is close and I think you probably are going to see some additions, but we obviously can’t talk about those until Aug. 1,” Houston said.

The ECU players on campus are in their last week of summer conditioning, concluding with an important run test Friday. Players will then have some time off before reporting for preseason camp Aug. 1 and beginning practice the next day.

Houston said summer drills and weightlifting sessions have been demanding and rewarding for his team.

“Where we are right now, compared to where we were even back in the spring, is night and day,” he said. “They are probably ready to catch their breath real quick, and then get ready for Aug. 1.

“Coaching-wise, vacations are done. Manuals and playbooks are going to print and fall camp is planned and preseason practice is put together and we are kind of champing at the bit and ready to go. I just think everybody is excited for our report date.”

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

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