By Sammy Batten
East Carolina’s new coaching staff tapped into old connections to make its second addition to the recruiting Class of 2016.
Kenwick Thompson was the first assistant hired by rookie head coach Scottie Montgomery in late December to coordinate the East Carolina defense. Montgomery lured Thompson away from Vanderbilt, where he served as associate head coach and linebackers coach for two seasons under Derek Mason.
One of the high school prospects Thompson had been recruiting at Vanderbilt was a defensive lineman from Houston, Texas, named Alex Turner. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Turner had enjoyed a solid three-year varsity career at Jersey Village High just outside Houston and had a serious interest in playing for Thompson and the Commodores.