Southern Nash's Knight opens up recruitment after initially committing to Duke


Southern Nash's Zonovan Knight gave a verbal commitment to play for Duke in March but plans to re-open the recruiting process. Knight currently has 13 Division I scholarship offers.


Sports Editor

Monday, May 21, 2018

Southern Nash’s Zonovan “Bam” Knight is one of the state’s top football prospects for the class of 2019.

Knight has opened the door for more engagement in the process as he stepped away from his verbal commitment to Duke during the weekend.

Knight, the Telegram’s 2017 All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, has 13 Division I scholarship offers, and more certainly could roll in after his announcement made via Twitter.

“Over time I’ve been thinking and talking with my family about the recruiting process. I know now that I made a decision before I was ready and feel as though I should take my time with this whole process,” wrote Knight, who committed to Duke in March. “With that being said, I will be decommitting from Duke University. Duke will remain as one of my top choices but I am going to trust the recruiting process and be sure not to rush anything. I look forward to the opportunities God will place in my life and hope that you all will respect my decision.”

Knight finished with 1,877 yards and 28 touchdowns on just 142 carries last season. He averaged 13.2 yards per carry and needs only 1,139 yards next season to become Southern Nash’s all-time leading rusher.

N.C. State, North Carolina, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Tennessee and Virginia are among programs who have extended offers to Knight, who is considered a four-star running back and one of the top 40 prospects in the state on various recruiting websites.

Knight isn’t the first recent Firebirds football athlete to make such a decision. Nadir Thompson, who will graduate from the school next month, initially committed to N.C. State as a sophomore before re-opening his recruitment process. Thompson will play defensive back for Virginia Tech beginning next fall.