Pirates grab Charlotte defender

Kirk Donaldson, a rising senior defensive end from Zebulon B. Vance High School (Charlotte, N.C.), has pledged to sign with East Carolina, Rivals.com reports.

Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect. Programs such as Clemson, North Carolina and Tennessee showed interest, according to multiple sources.

Donaldson is commitment No. 11 for East Carolina.