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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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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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FSU QB Transfer Bailey Hockman Took Official Visit to NC State

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Quarterback Bailey Hockman (6’2″/206) announced that he was transferring from Florida State on August 31st, and he has officially transferred to Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Hockman was at the NC State vs. Georgia State yesterday on an official visit, and has been in Raleigh since Thursday. He chose to take his first official visit to NC State after leaving Tallahassee.

Hockman, was a 4-star prospect that was a member of the Seminoles 2017 recruiting class. ESPN ranked him as the #180 overall player in the class and the #11 pro-style quarterback. Hockman originally committed to Georgia back in June of 2015, but decommitted in December of that year after Mark Richt was fired.

Ultimately, Hockman chose the Seminoles over a very impressive offer sheet, that included, Alabama, Michigan, Louisville, Miami, Michigan St., South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and others.

Hockman ended up redshirting his Freshman year at Florida St., losing out to James Blackman to take over the reigns for the injured Deondre Francois in 2017.

Now that he has transferred, he will be able to enroll in the college of his choice in January, and have 3 years to play 3 seasons.

NC State will have 2 scholarship quarterbacks in 2019: Matt McKay, who will be a Redshirt Sophomore, and Devin Leary, who will most likely be a Redshirt Freshman. The Wolfpack haven’t been able to add a quarterback to their 2019 recruiting class, striking out on the likes of Sam Howell (FSU) and Michael Johnson Jr. (Penn St), and they also missed on Cord Sandberg (Auburn).

If Hockman were to land at NC State, there would be a heated battle for the starting job heading into the 2019 season.

Here are Hockman’s Senior Season Highlights at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia.

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Will 5-Star Quavaris Crouch be at NC State Today?

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Rumors are swirling that 2019 5-Star RB/LB Quavaris Crouch will be taking an unofficial visit to NC State to see his brother Malik Dunlap (Freshman Safety).

Crouch announced his Top-5 schools on August 30th, and NC State was not one of them (South Carolina, Southern Cal, Michigan, Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, and Florida State). Regardless, it would be great to see Crouch in Raleigh for the White Out. Maybe the Wolfpack aren’t out of it yet.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 9/8/18

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Football Recruiting Update – September 8, 2018:

Spots Left:

We have approximately 3-4 spots left in the 2019 recruiting class, aside from any unforeseen or unanticipated attrition after this season.

NCAA FBS Recruiting Calendar Updates:

The football recruiting calendar, established by the NCAA has flipped a little this week.

What this means is that FBS schools have now entered the “Evaluation Period” of the recruiting calendar (the previous two periods were a Quiet Period and a Dead Period, periods where coaches could have very limited contact with potential recruits).

Here’s the NCAA Definition of the “Evaluation Period”:

Forty-two (42) evaluation days (54 for U.S. service academies) (see
Bylaw 13.02.7.2) during the months of September, October and
November, selected at the discretion of the institution and
designated in writing in the office of the director of athletics;
authorized off-campus recruiters shall not visit a prospective
student-athlete’s educational institution on more than one calendar
day during this period.

What this essentially means is that colleges can start pushing coaches out to high schools again for visits during the month of September, October, and November.

Our coaches are definitely hitting the road on Friday, September 7th to visit some local high schools to conduct evaluations and to check on current commits.

 

2018 Season Stats for Current Commits:

Savion Jackson – 3 Games : 21 tackles, including one for loss and two sacks.

CJ Clark – 2 Games: 14 tackles

Joshua Harris – 3 Games: 21 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.

Khalid Martin – 3 Games: 25 tackles, including one for loss, three pass breakups, an interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Zonovan Knight – 3 Games: 34 carries for 487 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jamious Griffin – 3 Games: 38 carries for 349 yards and six touchdowhs and two receptions for 29 yards and 1 TD.

Drake Thomas – 3 Games: 31 tackles, one interception (returned for TD), and one forced fumble; 8 carries for 41 yard and 2 TDs on offense.

Jaylon Scott – 3 Games: 17 tackles, 1 sack, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble, and a blocked punt.

Dylan McMahon – 3 Games: 14 knockdown blocks on offense and 16 tackles on defense.

Jalen Frazier – 3 Games: 16 tackles, 1 tackle for loss.

Keyon Lesane – 3 Games: 9 carries for 89 yards with 1 TD, four catches for 162 yards with 2 TDs; one interception on defense.

Chris Toudle – 2 Games: 2 catches for 18 yards and one carry for 11 yards.

Zovon Lindsay – 3 Games: 10 pancake blocks on offense; 9 tackles with 4 tackles for loss and a safety on defense.

Jakeen Harris – 1 Game: 14 tackles and a forced fumble, 1 catch for 30 yards on offense.

Timothy McKay – 3 Games: 11 knockdown blocks.

Shyheim Battle – 3 Games: 13 tackles, 2 INTS (both in the same game), 3 PBUs, 3 kickoff returns for 124 yards.

Ikem Ekwonu – 3 Games: 4 knockdown blocks on offense, 3 tackles on defense.

 

Target Updates:

3* WR Zay Flowers has released his top 5 schools list. We made the cut along with Boston College, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Tulane.

 

Updated Recruiting Graphics:

Tyler McIntyre and his crew are at it again with an incredible graphic for our recruits:

 

Some Senior Film Review of Current Commits:

Running Back Jamious Griffin from Rome, GA:

Analysis: Griffin runs with a lot of quick twitch ability, and cuts very quickly at the line of scrimmage.  He needs to learn to use his pad leverage a lot better, but he is next to impossible to stop in the open field.  Griffin is a very powerful runner, who will be very difficult to bring down at the collegiate level once he gets into a high quality strength and conditioning program. He is already a load to bring down, but this will continue at the collegiate level. Keep in mind, this video clip he posted on Twitter was against Georgia Level AAAAA competition, which are very good opponents (he had 8 carries for 184 yards in the game).  I look for Griffin to continue to increase his positional ranking if he continues to post these big of stats against high quality competition.  Rome HS is rated the #3 AAAAAA team in the state of Georgia this season and is so far undefeated.

 

Safety Khalid Martin from Kernersville, NC:

Analysis: Martin continues to impress me with his overall athleticism and playmaking abilities.  He plays very good coverage and closes on the ball well in the open field.  He is a very good open field tackler, but needs to play with better leverage and learn a little better tackling technique at times (college kids will break some of his tackles because he is not using good enough pad leverage).  He needs to read and react to plays a little bit faster, but his athleticism is enough for him to get by and still make plays at his current level. If he can gain some good weight, I think he would be a good candidate to play immediately on special teams. Martin was a tweeter type of prospect between a 3* and a 4* but with more highlights like these, I think he will definitely be a 4* by the end of the season.

 

Running Back Zonovan Knight from Bailey, NC:

Analysis: Zonovan was a prospect that was as high as the #10 running back in the country nationally before he took a little dip late in the summer.  In my opinion, these highlights show every bit of the reasons why he was that highly rated.  He reminds me of a cross between Jaylen Samuels and Nyheim Hines.  He breaks a ton of tackles like J-Sam and has very shifty and quick feet like Nyheim Hines. He has a homerun type gear that is a difference maker, not only on special teams with returning kicks, but also getting jet sweeps, reverses, and pitches out of the backfield.  He also might have an ability to contribute immediately as a kick returner. In my opinion, he is definitely a 4* prospect and will be a very, very exciting player for us over the next four seasons.

 

Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane from Matthews, NC:

Analysis: Keyon Lesane is a very underrated prospect in my opinion.  He is very, very quick in the open field.  As these pieces of footage show, he is being used as a multi purpose athlete by Butler HS.  I foresee that he will be a multi-dimensional athlete like Jakobi Meyers is right now for us, maybe with even better speed, albeit a little shorter.  He has great hands in the open field, and could also contribute immediately as a special teams performer.  He needs to gain 15-20 pounds so he can break more tackles in the open field instead of just relying on speed alone. He is definitely a good prospect with blazing speed that will be able to do a lot of big things with the ball in his hands at the collegiate level.

 

Defensive End Savion Jackson from Clayton, NC:

Analysis: Savion Jackson is a very highly rated prospect and for very good reason.  He has very good athleticism and size for his position, but also can play different spots on the D-Line. His HS has him playing some at DT and some at DE, which is good because of how often we rotate players to different spots (Darian Roseboro played some at DT during our first game this season).  Perhaps what I am the most impressed about is his motor.  This guy just flat gets after it.  His motor and ability to find the ball and make a tackle remind me a lot of Bradley Chubb, albeit, I think Chubb was a lot more raw than Jackson coming out of high school.  Jackson has the size and ability to contribute right away, but would be a luxury to redshirt if we can get some current young players like Boletepeli and Lyas to perform well this year.  I think he is definitely one of the top 5 defensive ends in the country and potentially worth a 5* rating if he continues to play like his current highlight film is showing.

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