Why Devin Anderson chose ECU

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 07:15 PM

Northern Vance’s Devin Anderson signed Thursday to be a preferred walk-on at East Carolina.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder was a standout linebacker at Northern, also starring in the Vikings’ offensive backfield. He was recruited to ECU as a running back and may have a chance to line up at safety.

ON CHOOSING ECU

“I love the coaching staff,” said Anderson. “Coach Ruffin McNeill — great coach. He cares about grades, God, school, family. He’s a great coach. He puts the kids first before anything else.”

Anderson went to several ECU games in 2013, was invited to sit in on a practice leading up to the Pirates’ Beef O’Brady’s Bowl win over Ohio and attended the recent Purple-Gold spring game.

Speaking of Purple and Gold — there’s plenty of it in the Anderson household now.

“We went shopping last weekend,” said Devin’s mother, Nickole. “Everything in our house is purple and gold pretty much.”

“He could have gone to many other schools because of his grades," added Nickole, "but East Carolina was the best fit for him.”

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

Yeah, Devin has that down. Take a look at those biceps.

If Anderson ends up with a redshirt on, it won’t be because of lack of strength. He and Jeff Connors should be a perfect match.

Nickole Anderson said Connors was “fascinated” by her son’s strength compared to other incoming recruits.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Devin made a play in the infamous 2013 season finale against J.F. Webb that you have to see to believe.

The film (start at 8:00 and prepare to rewind), as Northern Principal Michael Applewhite says, does not lie.

This has to be a record for the quickest a defender has made contact with a ball carrier.

"Did he just jump over the entire line?" I asked Dispatch photographer Mark Dolejs when it happened.

He did.