LAURINBURG — Scotland running back Zamir White continues to rack up accolades this postseason, with the latest coming in the form of a spot on the Associated Press all-state prep football team, which was announced Thursday.
Despite missing several games this past season due to injury or illness, the five-star junior rushed for 1,772 yards and 27 touchdowns on 188 carries, leading the Fighting Scots to the NCHSAA 4-A Eastern Regional final.
Ranked as the nation’s top running back for the 2018 class by several recruiting services, White has earned several postseason accolades. The junior was named the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, earned a spot on the MaxPreps’ Junior All-American team and was a first-team selection for the Southeastern Conference.
The highly touted Division I recruit announced last month on Twitter that he will make his decision on where he plans to play college football on his mom’s birthday, June 27. In the tweet, White also said he would be announcing his top four schools soon, but didn’t give a definitive date. Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina are among the favorites, according to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions.
Greensboro Dudley, which beat Cape Fear in the 4-A state title game, led the state with four selections on the 29-player squad. Three schools — 2-AA champion Shelby, 4-AA champion Wake Forest and Charlotte Mallard Creek — had two all-state players each.
Lincolnton receiver Sage Surratt, Shelby receiver Jayden Borders and Wake Forest linebacker Darius Hodge each earned 21 votes to lead the balloting.
The all-state team was voted on by 23 media members from newspapers across the state.
The AP will announce Coach of the Year on Friday, followed by offense and defensive players of the year on Saturday.
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