Apparently, a hard sell was not necessary for Conway football standout Juwan Moody to end his recruitment process.
Less than 24 hours after receiving a scholarship offer to play football at East Carolina, the Tigers’ rising senior committed to the school on Sunday.
“It’s official. I have officially committed to East Carolina University,” Moody said via Twitter, announcing his college intentions. “Just want to give thanks to God for blessing me and my parent for everything they instilled in me. Without them, none of this would’ve been possible.”
Last season, Moody caught 31 passes for 623 yards — an average of 20.1 yards per catch — and nine touchdowns. He also had a kick return for a score.
Never miss a local story.
On Saturday, he was part of a Conway group that competed in and won the East Carolina Beast of the East 7-on-7 tournament in Greenville, N.C. According to Moody, his performance in the event played a big role in him being offered.
“I had a good showing,” he said. “I have a lot of speed, and am a good route runner. I can also play special teams if needed.
“I tend to be able to create mismatches for opposing defenses, and I think that had a little to do with it.”
While wanting to attend college outside the Palmetto State, Moody said East Carolina “is close enough to home, without being there.”
Arguably the toughest decision for the rising Conway senior was giving up on his first love.
“Basketball ... it is my first love, but this is an outstanding opportunity,” he said. “Committing now, I can focus on my senior year, doing my best in the classroom and just becoming better all around.”
Other recruiting news
▪ Myrtle Beach sophomore quarterback Luke Doty was offered by North Carolina. It is the young signal caller’s third offer, joining ones extended by Coastal Carolina and Charlotte.
▪ Conway offensive and defensive lineman Raiqwon O’Neal continues to rake in offers, this past week earning ones from South Carolina, Michigan and Penn State. The rising senior’s list of schools seeking his services is now up to 27, including along with the three previously mentioned: Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Old Dominion, Charlotte, Eastern Kentucky, East Carolina, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Navy, N.C. Central, Kentucky, Louisville, Illinois, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Mississippi State, Central Florida, West Virginia, Maryland, Purdue, Rutgers, Georgia Tech and Texas-San Antonio.
▪ Conway offensive lineman Gunner Britton added to his number of offers this weekend, scoring a pair courtesy of Mercer and Liberty. Those two go along with ones previously extended by Stetson, Gardner-Webb, Eastern Michigan and Western Carolina.