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Edmundson, Vick commit to NC State

Posted on July 12, 2021

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Southern Nash senior Darius Edmundson runs with the ball during the Firebirds' season opener Aug. 17, 2018, at home against Cary Green Hope. Edmundson, now a rising redshirt sophomore at Louisburg College, has verbally committed to play at N.C. State University starting in 2022.

Bunnie Hagler | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash senior Darius Edmundson runs with the ball during the Firebirds' season opener Aug. 17, 2018, at home against Cary Green Hope. Edmundson, now a rising redshirt sophomore at Louisburg College, has verbally committed to play at N.C. State University starting in 2022.

Southern Nash running back Jackson Vick (26), fending off a Heritage defender during a March 6 game in Wake Forest, has verbally committed to N.C. State University as a defensive back.

Amberleigh Dornseif | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash running back Jackson Vick (26), fending off a Heritage defender during a March 6 game in Wake Forest, has verbally committed to N.C. State University as a defensive back.

Southern Nash senior Darius Edmundson runs with the ball during the Firebirds' season opener Aug. 17, 2018, at home against Cary Green Hope. Edmundson, now a rising redshirt sophomore at Louisburg College, has verbally committed to play at N.C. State University starting in 2022.

Bunnie Hagler | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash senior Darius Edmundson runs with the ball during the Firebirds' season opener Aug. 17, 2018, at home against Cary Green Hope. Edmundson, now a rising redshirt sophomore at Louisburg College, has verbally committed to play at N.C. State University starting in 2022.

Southern Nash running back Jackson Vick (26), fending off a Heritage defender during a March 6 game in Wake Forest, has verbally committed to N.C. State University as a defensive back.

Amberleigh Dornseif | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash running back Jackson Vick (26), fending off a Heritage defender during a March 6 game in Wake Forest, has verbally committed to N.C. State University as a defensive back.

Southern Nash running back Jackson Vick (26), fending off a Heritage defender during a March 6 game in Wake Forest, has verbally committed to N.C. State University as a defensive back.
Southern Nash senior Darius Edmundson runs with the ball during the Firebirds' season opener Aug. 17, 2018, at home against Cary Green Hope. Edmundson, now a rising redshirt sophomore at Louisburg College, has verbally committed to play at N.C. State University starting in 2022.

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Former Southern Nash High star running back Zonovan “Bam” Knight wasn’t the first Firebird to play football at North Carolina State University, but he has started a mini-pipeline from Stanhope to Raleigh.

Knight’s former teammate and cousin, Darius Edmundson, committed June 22 to the Wolfpack as a junior college transfer from Louisburg College, while Southern Nash rising senior Jackson Vick gave his verbal commitment to N.C. State nearly a week later. Both players are expected to play in the defensive secondary for the Wolfpack.

Edmundson may be able to enroll this fall if he completes summer school while Vick is set to start play in 2022 after he graduates from Southern Nash.

Edmundson, the 2018-19 Tom Ham Athlete of the Year as presented by The Wilson Times, signed with the National Junior College Athletic Association Hurricanes in his senior year at Southern Nash. But he redshirted his first season at Louisburg and then the 2021 season was reduced to a pair of exhibition games because of COVID-19.

Vick enjoyed a breakout junior season at running back this spring, running for 1,072 yards and 15 touchdowns as he was named offensive player of the year by both 3-A Big East Conference coaches and The Wilson Times for its All-Area team.

Vick had received scholarship offers from such in-state NCAA Division I programs Duke, East Carolina, Wake Forest and Appalachian State as well as Syracuse.

NEXT YEAR NEARLY HERE

The NCHSAA concluded its 2020-21 athletic year on the last weekend of June, the latest it’s ever held championship competitions because of the pandemic-altered schedule. However, the athletic year didn’t begin until November with the start of volleyball and cross-country seasons.

A little more than a month after the NCSHSAA baseball, girls tennis, track and field and wrestling championships wrapped up, teams will begin official practice for fall sports. That’s right, Monday, Aug. 2, is the first official day of practice for football, boys soccer, girls tennis, cross-country and volleyball.

Conference affiliations have changed for many area NCHSAA member schools. All four Nash County teams — Southern Nash, Northern Nash, Rocky Mount and Nash Central — are taking the Big East name to a 2-A/3-A configuration that includes 3-A Big East holdover Franklinton as well as 1-A/2-A Northern Carolina Conference migrants Bunn and Roanoke Rapids, both 2-A, and Louisburg, a 1-A NCC program now 2-A.

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