When Stephen Baggett planned his visit to East Carolina two weeks ago, he didn't even have an offer from the Pirates.
After a June 12 workout for the Pirates' coaches, the Beaufort High School tight end left Greenville, N.C., with an offer in hand and committed to the school on Thursday.
"When I went up there, I loved the place," said Baggett, who had visited once before. "It's a pretty place and it's got a family atmosphere. They've got a good football team, and the way they run it, it fits my style of play."
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound rising senior caught 18 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns for the Eagles last fall. He had offers from Appalachian State and UNC Charlotte.
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Baggett said East Carolina special teams/running backs coach Kirk Doll visited him during spring practice, and he had spoken with him on the phone about once a week since then.
"They say they're going to use me as a tight end or an inside receiver," Baggett said. "But I don't know if I'm going to redshirt or not."
The coaches didn't give Baggett any specific area he needs to work on over the next year, but he thinks footwork isn't a bad place to start.
"You can always improve on that," Baggett said.
Head coach Ruffin McNeil's Pirates finished last season 8-5 overall and 7-1 in Conference USA. They dropped a 43-34 decision to Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl. The Pirates will move to the American Athletic Conference -- formerly the Big East -- in July 2014.
Baggett said his parents are happy with his decision, they like the school and the location, despite a potential 6 1/2-hour drive to watch his home games.
"I'm sure there won't be anything stopping my parents from going to every home game," Baggett said.