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ECU football inks three early signees

By ECU Sports Information
Published in Sports on December 19, 2009 11:08 PM

GREENVILLE -- Three junior college transfers have signed mid-year national letters-of-intent to attend and play football at East Carolina University.

Quarterback Dominique Davis from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, safety Bradley Jacobs from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and offensive lineman Diavalo Simpson from East Mississippi Community College have all joined the Pirate program and will enroll at ECU in January.

While preparing his team for an AutoZone Liberty Bowl matchup against Arkansas Jan. 2, ECU head coach Skip Holtz took immediate measures to help offset the loss of seven seniors off the Pirates' current depth chart at the quarterback, safety and offensive line positions by signing the trio of newcomers.

"When you look at the bulk of seniors and the amount of experience that will be graduating, we felt it was really important to bring some junior college players in with this class," Holtz said. "I think we got three really good players and people."

The Pirates (9-4 overall) have captured consecutive Conference USA championships and will make their fourth straight bowl appearance -- a first in school history. East Carolina will also vie for its 10th win of the season against the Razorbacks, a mark that has not been reached since the 1991 team claimed 11 victories and finished ranked in the final AP poll.