Scotland’s Zamir White named to AP all-state football team

By: By Rodd Baxley - [email protected]
Rodd Baxley | The Robesonian file photo Scotland’s Zamir White (34), considered the nation’s top running back for the 2018 class, was named to the AP all-state football team Thursday. The 2016 N.C. Gatorade high school football player of the year finished his junior campaign with 1,772 yards and 27 touchdowns on 188 carries.

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.

Rodd Baxley | The Robesonian file photo Scotland’s Zamir White (34), considered the nation’s top running back for the 2018 class, was named to the AP all-state football team Thursday. The 2016 N.C. Gatorade high school football player of the year finished his junior campaign with 1,772 yards and 27 touchdowns on 188 carries.
https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_Zeus-3.jpgRodd Baxley | The Robesonian file photo Scotland’s Zamir White (34), considered the nation’s top running back for the 2018 class, was named to the AP all-state football team Thursday. The 2016 N.C. Gatorade high school football player of the year finished his junior campaign with 1,772 yards and 27 touchdowns on 188 carries.

By Rodd Baxley

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2016 Associated Press all-state football team

OFFENSE

QB — Holton Ahlers, Greenville Conley (10)

QB — Hendon Hooker, Greensboro Dudley (10)

RB — Zamir White, Scotland (11)

RB — E.J. Harris, Greenville Rose (9)

WR — Jayden Borders, Shelby (21)

WR — Sage Surratt, Lincolnton (21)

WR — Nolan Groulx, Davidson Day (6)

WR — Jacob Scott, Clayton Cleveland (6)

TE — Jeremiah Hall, Charlotte Vance (19)

OL — Bryson Speas, Greensboro Dudley (19)

OL — Eric Douglas, Charlotte Mallard Creek (17)

OL — D’mitri Emmanuel, Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (11)

OL — T.J. Moore, Charlotte Mallard Creek (10)

OL — Dacquari Wilson, Greensboro Dudley (9)

ATH — Caleb Farley, Maiden (8)

DEFENSE

DL — Matthew Butler, Garner (15)

DL — Xach Gill, Wake Forest (11)

DL — Traveon Freshwater, Elizabeth City Northeastern (8)

DL — Awstyn Williams, Greensboro Dudley (8)

LB — Darius Hodge, Wake Forest (21)

LB — Justin Foster, Shelby Crest (9)

LB — Dax Hollifield, Shelby (8)

DB — Hamsah Nasirildeen, Concord (17)

DB — Daniel Jackson, Apex Middle Creek (15)

DB — Madison Cone, East Forsyth (14)

DB — Aapri Washington, Mt. Holly Mountain Island Charter (13)

SPECIAL TEAMS

K — Chris Dunn, North Davidson (12)

P — Dawson Harris, Tarboro (9)

KR — Austyn Chestnut, Reidsville (15)

Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.

Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.