Redshirt freshman defensive end Elijah Robinson has verbally committed to play for East Carolina University for the 2020 football season and his addition makes a total of 14 verbal commits for the 2020-2021 season.
Robinson is a defensive end who is currently a player for Louisburg Junior College in Louisburg, North Carolina. He redshirted his freshman year at the junior college and will have three years of eligibility during his time at ECU.
On his personal Twitter account, Robinson announced that he received an offer from East Carolina University’s football program on June 22.
Robinson attended Ashley High School in Wilmington where he played linebacker for his high school career. He has bulked up significantly since that time, going from around 200 pounds to 250 pounds during his first year at Louisburg.
ECU defensive line coach Jeff Hanson was the coach who initially found Robinson, and got him to come work out for the Pirates on June 22. Not long after the workout was over, Robinson received an official offer from ECU.
On Sunday, June 30, Robinson announced his verbal commitment to ECU, adding to head coach Mike Houston’s 11 total recruited players in a 30 day span.
“When it comes down to it, you gotta make a change. That’s what we did with our coaching staff and that what we did with our team,” sophomore quarterback Holton Ahlers said during an interview on May 21.
The changes mentioned by Ahlers has come in several forms, and the Pirates have been working to improve the team defensively, with the verbal commitments of three-star defensive tackle J’Vian McCray, three-star safety Teylor Jackson and three-star safety Teagan Wilk.
ECU has also received verbal commitments from three-star offensive linebacker Eric Doctor, three-star cornerbacks Shaun Tucker and Nasir Clerk, as well as three-star center Jaquaez Powell.
The team is trying to improve both its defensive capabilities and its protection of the quarterback, which has been reflected by ECU’s recruiting for the 2020 class.
The Pirates have received verbal commits from 12 total players that are ranked as three-star athletes and are bound to receive more commitments throughout July and early August.