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.
4-Star QB Braden Davis Includes NC State in First 9
2022 4-Star Quarterback Braden Davis (6’4″/193) out of Delaware revealed his First 9 schools last week, and NC State made the cut along with Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Temple, LSU and Alabama.
— Braden Davis (@BradenDavis_5) December 27, 2019
247Sports ranks Davis as the #87 player overall nationally in 2022, the #5 Dual Threat Quarterback, and the #1 player in the state of Delaware.
NC State offered Davis back on June 14th.
NC State’s 2020 Football Recruiting Class Ranks 46th Nationally
Could 3-Star DT Henry Bryant Flip From Louisville to NC State Today?
The early national signing period begins today, and there’s a chance that 3-Star Defensive Tackle Henry Bryant (5’11″/275) flips his commitment from Louisville to NC State.
That is what Adam Lichtenstein of the South Florida Sun Sentinel predicts will happen.
Henry Bryant III, Atlantic, DL
Bryant finished his final season at Atlantic with another dominant season. The three-star defensive lineman has been committed to Louisville since June after taking an official visit there in May. But the Atlantic star might be having a change of heart. He took an official visit to N.C. State last weekend, according to 247Sports. While I would not be surprised if Bryant sticks with Louisville when he announces his decision on Thursday, it appears he’ll join the Wolfpack. Prediction: N.C. State. (Sun-Sentinel)
Considering the fact that Bryant plays for Atlantic High School in Delray Beach Florida, this is a noteworthy voice to listen to.
Bryant committed to Louisville on June 13th, but took an Official Visit to NC State on December 13th.
4-Star OT Austin Blaske Decommits From NC State
On the eve of National Signing Day, NC State received a punch to the gut when 4-Star Offensive Tackle Austin Blasko tweeted out that he was decommitting from the Wolfpack at 11pm.
Respect my decision 💯 pic.twitter.com/0I094XEHsZ
— Austin Blaske (@AustinBlaske) December 18, 2019
From the looks of it, it would seem that Georgia possibly swept in at the last second, and Blaske could be signing with the Bulldogs tomorrow instead.
Blaske was the third highest rated commit in NC State’s recruiting class according to 247Sports, and 1 of only 4 4-Star commits along with Wide Receiver Porter Rooks, Defensive Tackle Davin Vann and Safety Nehki Meredith.
This is a huge blow to the 2020 NC State recruiting class, considering the fact that he repped the Pack about as hard as any other member.