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East Carolina head football coach Ruffin McNeill talks about recruiting during ECU's signing day event last Wednesday.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

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East Carolina head football coach Ruffin McNeill talks about recruiting during ECU's signing day event last Wednesday. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Football recruiting is give-and-take

By Nathan Summers

The Daily Reflector

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Ruffin McNeill admits there is a fair amount of luck involved in signing a recruiting class, some good and some bad.

Even though the fourth-year East Carolina head football coach landed almost right on target by signing 24 new players last Wednesday on National Signing Day, it didn’t happen without at least a little last-minute chaos.


On the final weekend of recruiting, the Pirates lost long-standing running back commit Jabo Lee to Tennessee, and also two-time ECU defensive lineman commit Dontrill Hyman to West Virginia. On the same weekend, however, the Pirates pried defensive lineman Demetri McGill away from Maryland and defensive back DaShawn Benton from Cincinnati.

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