3-Star 2019 NC State Running Back Commit Zonovan Knight took home the Offensive Most Valuable Player honor at the 82nd Shrine Bowl.
Knight carried the ball 24 times for 151 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a 61-yard burst, that was reminiscent of Nyheim Hines.
— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) December 15, 2018
Here’s what Knight had to say to GoUpState about his performance:
“It’s a great honor, not only because I’m listed as one of the top players in N.C., but we’re playing for a greater cause and that’s to raise money for the Shriners Hospital,” he said.
“With so many great athletes here it’s just a great honor be chosen as the offensive MVP,” he said. (Link)
Knight originally committed to Duke on March 3rd, but shortly afterwards decommitted on May 20th. NC State offered him a scholarship back on January 16th, and ended up committing to run with the Wolfpack on July 9th.
As a Senior at Southern Nash, Knight rushed for 2,054 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaging an absurd 16.6 yards per carry.
This marks the second consecutive year that a future NC State running back took home the Offensive MVP award, with Ricky Person collecting the hardware last year.
Knight will be enrolling early in January.
3-Star RB Caleb McDowell Commits to NC State
3-Star 2021 Running Back Caleb McDowell (5’10″/175) NC State committed to NC State yesterday.
Respect it!🐐🖤thanks to all coaches who recruited me💯 pic.twitter.com/JxN4VDbc3S
— ~🥋~ (@mcdowellcalebb5) April 15, 2020
McDowell plays for Lee County High School in Leesburg Georgia. He chose to run with the Wolfpack over offers from Syracuse, Cincinnati, Colorado, East Carolina, Purdue, Indiana and others.
NC State offered McDowell back on March 4th.
McDowell reportedly bench presses over 330, and squats 600 pounds, runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, and has a 40+ inch vertical leap. He plays on both sides of the ball, and even earned 1st Team All-State honors last year as a Defensive Back, but he is being recruited to play running back in Raleigh.
— ~🥋~ (@mcdowellcalebb5) December 17, 2019
— Jeff Littleton (@CoachLit22) March 13, 2019
McDowell is NC State’s 4th commit in the 2021 recruiting class.
NC State Makes Top-10 for 3-Star CB Jordan Blackmon
3-Star 2021 Cornerback Jordan Blackmon (5’10″/175) revealed his Top-10 list, and NC State made the cut along with South Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Louisville, Ole Miss, Illinois and Marshall.
— Jblack😴 (@jblack_EG) April 12, 2020
NC State was one of the first to offer Blackmon back on November 19th.
Blackmon plays for Eau Gallie down in Melbourne, Florida. Rivals ranks him as the #49 Cornerback nationally, and the #96 player in the state of Florida.
3-Star CB Mario Love Commits to NC State
3-Star 2021 Cornerback Mario Love (5’10″/170) verbally committed to NC State on Friday.
— Huncho ⁶ (@MarioLoveJr6) April 10, 2020
Love plays for Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina. NC State Redshirt Freshman Nickel Jalen Frazier also played for Hough.
247Sports ranks Love as the #36 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class in North Carolina.
He also held offers from Tennessee, Penn State, UNC, Louisville, Georgia Tech, ECU, Duke and others.
3-Star CB Javon Bullard Includes NC State in Top-12
3-Star Cornerback Javon Bullard (6’0″/168) released his Top-12 schools on Sunday, and NC State made the cut along with West Virginia, Auburn, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, South Carolina, Stanford, Georgia, UCF and Purdue.
MY TOP 12 SCHOOLS ❤︎
*Other schools can still contact me at this time, I am still accepting ALL schools. pic.twitter.com/y9SUv1GCwW
— Javon Bullard ♛ (@cravejaaye) April 5, 2020
NC State offered Bullard a scholarship on February 20th. He plays for Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, Georgia. 247Sports ranks Bullard as the #53 overall player in the state of Georgia in the 2021 recruiting class.
Thus far, NC State has two commitments in their 2021 recruiting class.