NC State's sizzling summer on the recruiting trail continued Monday when the Wolfpack landed Bailey (N.C.) Southern Nash running back Zonovan Knight.

Knight, North Carolina's top-ranked running back, knows State is the place for him.

"I'm going to NC State," said the 6-foot, 183-pound Knight. "It's a great feeling to be committed. The family feel I got there and most of all the relationships I've built with the 2019 commits. I also love coach (Dave) Doeren and his staff.

"I feel like I'll fit really well in the offense. I see myself being used like Nyheim Hines was and being that versatile player."

Wolfpack cornerbacks coach George Barlow served as Knight's lead recruiter and played a pivotal role in his decision to commit to State.

"He did an outstanding job recruiting me," said Knight, the No. 20 prospect in North Carolina. "He made sure he stayed in touch with me and always checked on me to see how I was doing.

"Coach Barlow is great. Now, it's to the point where I feel like I can open up to him about personal stuff."

The Southern Nash standout's bond with future position coach Des Kitchings has also grown over the past several months and he's looking forward to continuing to build that relationship.

"He's been great as far as recruiting me," Knight said. "He's had a lot of success in the past and I believe he can get me where I want to go."

Knight's also been impressed with what head coach Dave Doeren is doing with the Wolfpack and excited to be a part of a program on the rise in Raleigh.

"I like how coach Doeren is trying to build a successful program around guys from our state," Knight said. "That shows that he wants his athletes to stay close to home. I'm also very excited about having an opportunity to play for him."

Pack19 is already ranked in the top 25 of the 247Sports Football Recruiting Team Composite Rakings and Knight believes the sky's the limit.

"This recruiting class can be very good," Knight said. "I believe we can help NC State win a national championship."

Knight is the second running back in State's recruiting class, joining Jamious Griffin out of Rome (Ga.), and gives the Pack commitments from two of the top 30 running backs in the country according to 247Sports.

He finished his junior season with 142 carries for 1,877 yards (13.2 yards per carry) and 27 touchdowns for a Southern Nash team that finished 12-2 last year.

Knight chose the Wolfpack over nearly 20 other scholarship offers, including North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Maryland, Purdue, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Illinois among many others.

Southern Nash opens its 2018 season on Aug. 17 at home against Cary (N.C.) Green Hope at 7 p.m.