ECU commit David Laney of Highland Springs (Twitter Photo)
With his college commitment done, David Laney has another state championship on his mind
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Highland Springs defensive back David Laney (2020 DB 6-1 175) wanted to enter his senior season focused on one thing… Winning another state championship. The coveted defensive back committed to Mike Houston and the ECU Pirates back in June, two months before the start of his final season with the Springers. Laney held offers from UVA, Purdue, West Point, Liberty, Toledo, Kent State, Western Michigan, Elon, and Howard.
“It feels great to have committed before the season started. It’s a lot of stress off my back and now I can just go out and play the game I love without stressing over a school,” explained Laney.
When asked about his decision to join the Pirates, Laney stated, “ECU’s coaching staff is great. They are amazing and the players there are also great. I met a lot of players on my official visit, and they are very cool. ECU seemed like it was perfect for me and my family.” He continued, “The coaches see me at any DB position on the field. They said I can play any position on the field and I have the option to choose whatever it is I want to play.
ECU defensive back coach Brandon Lynch also played a large factor in Laney’s commitment. “I have built a great relationship with all of the coaches on the staff, but the one relationship that is better than others, is my relationship with Coach Lynch. He is a great coach, and I can’t wait to be a part of what he has to offer for me.”
With his commitment to ECU, Laney will join former 804 standouts Immanuel “Manny” Hickman (Matoaca 2019 DE 6-3 260), Jonathon Coleman (Matoaca 2019 ATH 6-2 205), and Rick D’ Abreu (Thomas Dale 2019 6-2 245) next fall.
While we are all aware of what Laney can bring to the table athletically, many may not know the type of student he is in the classroom. David carries a 4.1 GPA and scored an 1130 on his first and only attempt on the SAT. While at ECU, Laney intends to major in Architectural Design.
Highland Springs Defensive Coordinator Devon Simmons isn’t at all surprised of the position David has put himself in. “David is excellent student in the classroom. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA since 9th grade. David is a student of the game. He works hard to be great at his position. David’s move from corner to safety has been a smooth transition. He does all the little things right, and is the type of player a coach wants on their team. He leads by example in the classroom and on the field. David will be the QB of our defense this season.”
– Byron Jones