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247: NC State’s 2019 Football Recruiting Class Currently Ranks 17th

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After the commitments of 4-star running back Zonovan Knight and 4-star defensive tackle Joshua Harris today, NC State’s 2019 football recruiting class currently ranks 17th according to 247Sports (20th according to their Composite Rankings which incorporates the other recruiting databases into the ranking.)

If 4-Star safety Khalid Martin commits to NC State tomorrow when he announces his decision, the #Pack#19 will continue to rise in the rankings.

Dating back to 2001, NC State has never recorded back-to-back Top-25 recruting classes in football according to 247Sports.

In fact, since 2001, according to 247Sports’ recruiting rankings, NC State only has had 3 Top-25 recruiting classes in total.

NC State’s Final 247Sports Football Recruting Ranking

2018: 23rd
2017: 43rd
2016: 59th
2015: 30th
2014: 37th
2013: 62nd
2012: 50th
2011: 71st
2010: 31st
2009: 48th
2008: 23rd
2007: 46th
2006: 48th
2005: 29th
2004: 40th
2003: 17th
2002: 46th
2001: 43rd

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NC State 2019 Football Commits Week 5 Report

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This past weekend marked the fifth week of high school football. Before Week 6 gets fully under way tonight, here’s a breakdown of how NC State’s 2019 commits did last week.

4-star Defensive Tackle CJ Clark and the North Stanly Comets fell to the Northwest Cabarrus Trojans 24-28. Clark had 8 tackles and 1 sack in the loss. North Stanly is now 2-2 in 2018. Through 4 games, Clark has 36 tackles, including 27 solo, a sack, and three quarterback hurries.

4-star Safety Khalid Martin and the East Forsyth High School Eagles (4-0) shut out a team in a major way for the 2nd straight week, this time blanking the Carver Yellow Jackets 60-0. Martin had one tackle in the game, and returned a punt for a touchdown. Through 4 games Martin has 26 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 interception.

3-star Running Back Jamious Griffin and the Rome Wolves improved to 4-0, beating the Carrollton Trojans 65-51 in a high scoring affair. Griffin rushed for over 200+ yards for the second week in a row, rushing 28 times for 285 yards and 4 touchdowns. Through 4 games, Griffin has rushed for 870 yards (10.7 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns. He also has 6 receptions for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns.

3-star Linebacker Drake Thomas and the Heritage Huskies (4-1) won their third straight game, demolishing the Jordan Falcons 57-13.  Thomas had 6 tackles in the contest, and also rushed the ball twice for 18 yards and a touchdown. On the year, Thomas has 47 tackles, and also has picked up a touchdown in all 5 games. He has rushed the ball 13 times for 108 yards and 5 touchdowns.

3-star Offensive Guard Timothy McKay and the Wakefield Wolverines (2-3) crushed the Southern Durham Spartans 61-7.

3-star Linebacker Jaylon Scott and the Shelby Golden Lions (2-3) snapped a 3-game losing streak, beating the Kings Mountain Mountaineers 28-23. Scott had 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 pass deflection.

3-star Offensive Guard Ikem Ekwonu and the Providence Day Chargers (1-3) picked up their 1st win of the season, waxing the Hickory Hawks 51-0.

3-star Center Dylan McMahon and the Savannah Christian Raiders (3-1) won their 3rd straight game, shutting out the Wheeler County Bulldogs 51-0. On the defensive side of the ball, McMahon had 6 tackles and 1 sack, and has 22 tackles on the season.

3-star Cornerback Jalen Frazier (4-0) and the Hough Huskies are still undefeated, handling the Ardrey Kell Knights 38-6. Frazier had 3 tackles and an interception, and has 19 tackles through 4 games.

3-star Defensive End Terrell Dawkins and the Cox Mill Chargers (3-3) have lost two straight, and lost last week to the North Mecklenberg Vikings 43-24.

3-star Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane and the Butler Bulldogs beat the Providence Panthers 42-21 to improve to 2-2 on the season.

3-star Safety Jakeen Harris and the Benedictine Cadets thrashed the Groves Rebels 64-0, to improve to 2-1. Harris had 2 tackles, 1 pass deflection and 1 fumble recovery. On offense, he also had 2 receptions for 80 yards, and they both went for touchdowns. Through 3 games, Harris has 29 tackles, 3 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. On offense, he has 7 receptions for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns.

3-star Tight End Kam Walker and the Pisgah Bears (4-1) lost their first game of the season, going down hard to the Greenville Green Devils 7-41.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 20, 2018

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 20, 2018:

 

Big Commit

Target JUCO QB Bailey Hockman has committed to State.  He is taking our only 2019 QB spot.

Hockman was a consensus 4* Pro-Style QB in the 2017 class.

He has a very strong arm, very mobile. Good athlete.

Worst case, he provides good quality depth behind Leary and McKay.  We should have a very good stable of highly capable QBs next year once Finley leaves.

 

Spots Left in 2019

3-4

 

Top 2019 Targets Remaining

4* ATH JR Walker –  Officially visiting State on 9/29
3* LB Kevon Glenn
3* WR Brieon Fuller
3* S Tyler Scott
3* S Myles Farmer
3* WR Zay Flowers
3* ATH Mohamad Toure (can play WR or LB)
3* WR Isaiah Washington
3* S Treron Collins
3* ATH Ja’Quan Sheppard

 

2019 Targets Off The Board

4* JUCO DE Jacoby Jones committed to Oklahoma.

 

Current Season Stats for 2019 NC State Commits

4* DT CJ Clark has 36 tackles, including 27 solo, a sack and three quarterback hurries in four games.

3* CB Jalen Frazier has 19 tackles (six solo), including a tackle for loss, and an interception in four games.

3* RB Jamious Griffin has 81 carries for 870 yards and 13 scores on the ground and five receptions for 115 yards and two more touchdowns.

4* DE Savion Jackson has 23 tackles (11 solo), two sacks, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks in four games.

3* RB Zonovan Knight has 37 carries for 641 yards and nine touchdowns in four games. He’s also returned three kickoffs for an average of 59.0 yards and two scores .

4* S Khalid Martin has 26 tackles (12 solo), including a tackle for loss, one interception, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in three games. He’s returned two kickoffs for a total of 57 yards.

3* C Dylan McMahon has 22 tackles (14 solo), including a sack and a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and three quarterback hurries in three games.

3* OT Triston Miller has five tackles (two solo), including two tackles for loss in four games.

3* LB Jaylon Scott has 28 tackles (10 solo), including four tackles for loss and a sack, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked punt in five games.

3* LB Drake Thomas has 47 tackles (21 solo), a forced fumble and an interception (pick six), and has rushed 13 times for 108 yards and five scores in five games.

3* TE Chris Toudle has five receptions for 85 yards and eight rushes for 34 yards and a touchdown in 3 games.

 

Great New Recruiting Graphic:

Jamious Griffin’s Game 4 Highlight Film

Predictions for a Jump

I think if Drake Thomas and Jamious Griffin continue to post as big of numbers as they are currently doing throughout this season, they will both easily be 4* recruits at the end of the cycle.

I think Jamious Griffin is vastly underrated because he plays in a super talent rich area of Georgia on one of the state’s best teams.

Drake Thomas has been overshadowed but some overrated players, but he is just a flat out great football player who is a headhunter and a difference maker on defense.

 

Big Recruiting Weekends Coming Up

The West Virginia game was shaping up to be a huge weekend for recruiting, but Florence had other plans.

Looks like Florida State on 11/3 and Wake Forest on Thursday, 11/8 are going to be our biggest recruiting events we have left.

The weekend of 11/8 also coincides with home basketball at PNC for us.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: NC State RB Commit Zonovan Knight Talks Fast Start

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NC State 2019 Running Back Commit Zonovan Knight is off to a blazing start through the first three games of his Senior season at Southern Nash. He is averaging 160.3 yards per game, and an absurd 17.3 yards per carry. Knight has 9 rushing touchdowns, and a kickoff and punt returned for touchdowns to go along with them.

We caught up with Knight, and he gave us his perspective on his fast start.

Thoughts on performance thus far in 2018…

“I think my performance has been pretty good, but it hasn’t be my best. I feel like I haven’t shown everybody what I’m truly capable of.”

On which game has been his best thus far…

“My best game so far this year would be our game last week against West Johnston. (Knight had 292 All-Purpose Yards against West Johnston: 154 rushing, 9 receiving, 86 kickoff, 43 punt, and 4 total touchdowns.)”

Do you take pride in your role as a kick returner?

“I definitely take pride in my role as a returner. I want to be able to return punts & kicks when I get to State.”

On his goals for his Senior Season…

“My personal goal is it become my schools all-time leading rusher. Ultimately, I want to lead my school to a State championship.”

Why he chose NC State…

“Just watching the way they used Nyheim in their offense is what intrigued me the most.”

His thoughts on NC State’s success recruiting North Carolina…

“I think everybody knows that NC State is dominating the state of NC in recruiting, so I don’t think there’s much I can add on that topic.”

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NC State 2019 Football Commits Week 4 Report

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This past weekend marked the fourth week of high school football. Here’s a breakdown of how NC State’s 2019 commits did.

4-Star Defensive End Savion Jackson and the Clayton Comets (3-1) demolished the Harnett Central Trojans 56-0. Jackson had 2 tackles and a fumble recovery in the contest. Through 4 games, Jackson has 23 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 blocked field goals, and 1 fumble recovery.

4-Star Defensive Tackle CJ Clark and the North Stanly (2-1) Comets beat the Providence Day Chargers 29-14. Clark had 5 tackles and 3 quarterback hurries. Through 3 games, Clark has 28 tackles.

4-Star Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris and the Person Rockets took down the Halifax County Comets 14-7 to improve to 2-2. It was Harris’ best game of the season by far.

4-Star Safety Khalid Martin (4-0) and the East Forsyth Eagles ruined the Carver Yellow Jackets 60-0. Martin had 1 tackle, and returned a punt for a touchdown. Through 4 games, Martin has 26 tackles, 1 interception, 3 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 forced fumble.

3-Star Running Back Zonovan Knight and the Southern Nash Firebirds (4-0) trounced the West Johnston Wildcats 67-14. Knight averaged 51.3 yards per carry. That’s not a typo. Knight carried the ball 3 times for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also returned 2 kickoffs for a total of 96 yards, and 1 punt for 43 yards. Through 4 games, has rushed for 641 yards (17.3 yards per carry) and 9 touchdowns.

Here are Knight’s highlights through the first 3 games.

3-Star Running Back Jamious Griffin and the Rome Wolves handled the Kell Longhorns 35-6 to improve to 3-0. Griffin rushed for 235 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had 74 yards receiving and a touchdown. Through 3 games, Griffin has rushed for 584 yards and 12 touchdowns (2 receiving).

3-Star Linebacker Drake Thomas and the Heritage Huskies (3-1) beat the Sanderson Spartans 28-12. Thomas had 10 tackles, and has had double-digit tackles in 3 out of 4 games. He also had 3 rushes for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns. Through 4 games, Thomas has 41 tackles, and 4 touchdowns.

Below are Thomas’ highlights from the game. Just go to the 17 second mark. I dare you. Thomas nearly rips the Sanderson quarterback in half.

(Warning: There is explicit language in the video.)

3-Star Offensive Guard Timothy McKay and the Wakefield Wolverines lost to the Fuquay-Varina Bengals 14-27, falling to 1-3 on the year.

3-Star Linebacker Jaylon Scott and the Shelby Golden Lions fell to the Crest Chargers 6-27, losing their 3rd straight game. Scott had 5 tackles, and has 22 through 4 games.

3-Star Offensive Guard Ikem Ekwonu and the Providence Day Chargers (0-3) still haven’t won in 2018, falling to North Stanly 14-29 this weekend.

3-Star Offensive Tackle Triston Miller and the Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers (2-2) stomped the Wake Christian Academy Bulldogs 44-7.

3-Star Defensive End Terrell Dawkins and the Cox Mill Chargers (3-1) convincingly beat the South Iredell Vikings 28-7.

3-Star Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane and the Butler Bulldogs (1-2) fell to the Richmond Raiders 30-19. Lesane was suspended from the game due to being ejected the week before for picking up 2 personal foul. Through 2 games Lesane has 9 carries for 89 yards with 1 TD, four catches for 162 yards with 2 TDs; one interception on defense.

3-Star Wide Receiver Chris Toudle and the Hoggard Vikings (2-1) couldn’t get it done in Week 4, losing to the Carolina Forest Panthers 35-42. Toudle had 3 receptions for 67 yards, and 7 carries for 23 yards and a touchdown. In 2 games of play, Toudle has 5 receptions for 85 yards, and 8 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown.

3-Star Safety Jakeen Harris and the Benedictine Cadets (1-1) lost to the Blessed Trinity Cadets 38-7. Harris had 12 tackles and 1 pass breakup. Through 2 games, Harris has 27 tackles, 2 pass breakups and 1 forced fumble.

3-Star Offensive Lineman Zovon Lindsay and the Trinity Christian Crusaders remained undefeated (4-0), running over the Sandhills Titans 46-13. Through 4 games, Lindsay has 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1 sack on the defensive side of the ball.

3-Star Tight End Kam Walker and the Pisgah Bears are still undefeated (4-0), taking down the Central Hilltoppers 35-13.

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