Talented tight end picks ECU

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The Pirates got their fourth verbal commit for the 2014 class in Beaufort (S.C.) tight end Stephen Baggett. Inside ECU Sports spoke with the him about his decision.

Stephen Baggett, TE, 6-5, 220 lbs, Beaufort High School, Ladys Island, South Carolina

Beaufort (S.C.) tight end Stephen Baggett is a talented tight end with a complete skill set. Before committing to ECU last week, he was hearing from Appalachian State, N.C. State and Clemson. The Pirate offense should get an assist for this recruit's interest.

"I chose ECU because when I went there I loved how they ran the offense," Baggett said. "It was a real pretty place and it's always been a dream of mine to play in a big stadium which is something they have. I also heard it was a great place for education, the school fit everything I wanted."

Baggett spends most of his time blocking, but he was recruited heaviest for his catching ability and speed to make big plays. He knew ECU was a good team before visiting campus, but after is when he realized how skilled of a passing team they were. Baggett believes they run the perfect offense for what he wants to do.

When asked, Baggett said he isn't going to second guess his commitment.

"I'm 100 percent confident and know I've made the right choice," he said. "It's nice to feel the weight off my shoulders, now I can stop sitting here talking to coaches and can just work on building my skills for senior season."

Standing six-foot-five and weighing in at 220 pounds puts Baggett at great size for the next level. With that being said, he knows he still has a ways to go in order to make an impact early on.

"I know I could work hard to put on even more weight before the season and get stronger," Baggett said. "I would like to play early in my career, but I'll go by what the coaches think is best. There is also the chance they could red-shirt me, I would be fine with that too."

Baseball is also a sport Baggett has shined in. Even though he has shown the ability to play at a high level in both sports, he has always wanted to play college football.

"I had offers in baseball, but I love football more," he said. "Every time a team has come recruiting for baseball I kind of shut them down because of football. I was honest with every school that I was going to play football from the start. I definitely believe playing baseball my whole life has helped me at the tight end position. Pitching and batting has helped keep my hand-eye coordination up to speed for catching.

As far as when he will join the Pirates, Baggett has his mind made up. He plans on graduating with his class at the end of the school year and coming to Greenville early on in summer 2014 to begin workouts.

Now that he is committed to a school, Baggett will take next season to work on some personal goals and things he would like to better himself at before he arrives.

"I want to improve on getting a lot of catches and receiving yards," he said. "I've been working hard on staying square on blocks. We (Beaufort) are a running team, so ninety percent of the time I block which has given me plenty of chances to work on it in games.

Baggett is excited to be a future member of the Pirate Nation.

"It feels great already," he said. "They've welcomed me with open arms and I can't wait to get up there. I am focused on my upcoming season right now, but it's hard not to think about ECU. I just can't wait be a part of the program.

Baggett is a tight end with a unique skill set and a great pick up for the 2014 Pirate class. There's a chance he gets red-shirted his first year with the team, but if that happens I'm sure he'll return and make an impact right away. The Pirates have found themselves a talented tight end with great size and speed.

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