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NC State 2019 Football Commits Week 8 Report

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This past weekend marked the 8th week of high school football. Before Week 9 arrives, here’s a breakdown of how NC State’s 2019 commits did last week.

4-Star Defensive End Savion Jackson had a monster performance in Clayton’s (6-1) 26-14 victory over South Johnston. He tallied 11 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, and 1 blocked field goal. The Comets have won 6 straight games, and Jackson has 51 tackles and 4.5 sacks through 7 games.

4-Star Defensive Tackle CJ Clark had 5 tackles in North Stanly’s 55-0 destruction of South Davidson. The Comets have won 3 straight, and are 5-2 on the year. During their 3-game winning streak, they have outscored their opponents 172-6. Clark has 57 tackles on the year.

4-Star Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris and the Person Rockets (2-5) lost their 3rd straight game, falling to Western Alamance 3-20.

4-Star Cornerback Shyheim Battle had 8 tackles (1 for loss) in Rocky Mount’s 49-20 victory over Frankinlinton, improving to 5-0 on the year.

4-Star Safety Khalid Martin had 7 tackles in East Forsyth’s 16-10 victory over rival West Forsyth, improving their record to 7-0 in 2018. He has 48 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 pass breakups in 7 games.

3-Star Running Back Zonovan Knight rushed the ball 17 times for 189 yards and 1 touchdown in Southern Nash’s 63-41 victory over Fike, improving their record to 5-0 on the year. He also had a 19-yard touchdown reception. Knight has 830 yards rushing through 5 games (166 yards per game/15.4 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns.

3-Star Running Back Jamious Griffin had a record breaking performance in Rome’s 62-24 victory over East Paulding, improving to 7-0. Griffin had 339 yards on 24 carries and 2 touchdowns. Through 7 games, Griffin has 1,497 yards rushing (214 yards per game/11.3 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns. He also has 7 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin is 1 of 10 players on MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watchlist


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3-Star Linebacker Drake Thomas had 12 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 safety in Heritage’s 57-0 victory over Corinth Holder’s. The Huskies are now 6-1. Through 7 games, Thomas has 69 tackles.

3-Star Offensive Guard Timothy McKay and his Wakefield squad lost Rolesvile 7-20, falling to 2-5 on the year.

3-Star Linebacker Jaylon Scott had 8 tackles (1 for loss) in Shelby’s 49-0 victory over Chase. The Golden Lions have now won 3 stragiht, and are now 3-3 on the year. Through 6 games, Scott has 41 tackles (7 for loss).

3-Star Offensive Guard Ikem Ekwonu had 5 tackles and 1 forced fumble in Providence Day’s 63-0 victory over Christ the King. The Chargers have now won 4 straight, and are 4-3 on the year.

3-Star Offensive Tackle Triston Miller had 2 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks in Charlotte Country Day’s 0-42 loss to Charlotte Christian. The Bucs are now 4-3.

3-Star Center Dylan McMahon had 7 tackles ( 1 for loss) and 1 sack in Savannah Christian’s 24-21 victory over Calvary Day. The Raiders are now 5-1, and McMahon has 37 tackles in 6 games.

3-Star Cornerback Jalen Frazier had 2 tackles in Hough’s 55-19 victory over Lake Norman. The Huskies are now 7-0, and Frazier has 28 tackles and 1 interception thus far.

3-Star Defensive End Terrell Dawkins and his Cox Mill crew beat Concord 27-7, improving their record to 5-2 on the year.

3-Star Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane’s Butler Bulldogs beat Myers Park 39-22, improving to 5-2 on the season.

3-Star Wide Receiver Chris Toudle had 2 receptions for 20 yards in Hoggard’s 31-0 victory over West Brunswick. He also had 3 rushes for 23 yards. Hoggard is now 3-1, and Toudle has 7 receptions for 105 yards and 11 rushes for 52 yards and a touchdown through 3 games (missed 1st game due to injury).

3-Star Safety Jakeen Harris had 3 tackles and 1 interception in Benedictine’s 37-12 victory over Windsor Forest. ON the offensive side of the ball, Harris had 8 rushes for 40 yards and 2 touchdowns, as well as 2 receptions for 43 yards. The Knights have now won 4 straight, and are 5-1 on the year. Harris has 36 tackles, 1 interception, 5 rushing touchdowns and 2 touchdown receptions thus far.

3-Star Offensive Lineman Zovon Lindsay had 4 tackles in Trinity Christian’s 54-0 victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy. The Crusaders are now 7-0 on the year.

3-Star Tight End Kam Walker’s Pisgah Bears beat Smoky Mountain 13-8, improving to 6-1 on the year.

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3-Star TE Matthew Hibner Visiting NC State Next Week

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3-Star 2020 Tight End Matthew Hibner (6’4″/228) confirmed with me that he will be taking an unofficial visit to NC State next Wednesday.

Hibner picked up an offer from NC State back on May 14th. He also holds offers from Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, and others. Virginia Tech offered on April 29th, and Vandy offered on May 7th. Hibner has visited both of them already.

He plays for Lake Braddock in Burke, Virginia, so the Hokies might be the team to beat. 247Sports ranks Hibner as the #19 player in Virginia in 2020.

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3-Star LB Jayland Parker Schedules NC State as his Last Official Visit

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3-Star 2020 Linebacker Jayland Parker (6’2″/214) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State on June 21st leading up to his July 1st announcement date.

Parker will also be taking Official Visits to Purdue on May 30th and Colorado on June 6th.

Both of the Colorado 247Sports writers believe Parker will run with the Buffs. Colorado offered April 8th.

Parker included NC State in his Top-11 back on April 1st.

NC State offered Parker back on March 1st, while he was in for an unofficial visit.

Parker plays for Westside High School (Macon, Georgia) in the Peach State, where the Wolfpack are recruiting well in 2020.

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NC State Makes Top-6 for 3-Star OT Joshua Jones

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3-Star 2020 Offensive Tackle Joshua Jones (6’6”/304) included NC State in his Top-6 school’s last night, along with Florida State, LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi State.

247Sports ranks Jones as the #36 player in the state of Alabama (Central High School/Phenix City).

NC State offered Jones on March 27th.

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3-Star Tight End Sage Ennis Visited NC State Yesterday

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3-Star 2020 Tight End Sage Ennis (6’4″/225) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday.

NC State offered Ennis back on May 4th, and their chances might have been better for the Florida standout (Lincoln High School/Tallahassee), had he not picked up a coveted offer from hometown Florida State on May 19th.

Ennis also holds offers from West Virginia, UCF, Louisville, South Carolina, Maryland, Miami and others.

He had 620 yards receiving and 17 total touchdowns last year.

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