Ricky Person Jr., NC State football running back, will enter NFL Draft

Ricky Person Jr., NC State football running back, will enter NFL Draft

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NC State football running back Ricky Person Jr. is turning pro after the season. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

NC State football junior running back Ricky Person Jr. confirmed that this will be his final season in Raleigh. He had the option of returning for what would have been a super senior campaign since eligibility was frozen last fall.

Person was a prized addition in the 2018 recruiting class, rated No. 111 nationally by the On3 Consensus when he arrived from Heritage High in Wake Forest, N.C.

He played in nine games that fall as a true freshman, rushing for 471 yards and two scores and also having a receiving touchdown.

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Injuries plagues his 2019 campaign and limited him to 61 carries for 186 yards, but Person has been healthy the past two years and enjoyed good success.

He ran for 643 yards and four scores in 2020, and through 11 games this fall he has run 124 times for 573 yards and five touchdowns while adding career-highs through the air of 27 catches for 240 yards and two scores.

He needs five more rushing yards to pass Vince Evans (1981-85) for 16th all time at NC State.

Person is the first NC State football player to announce his intentions to turn pro. Sophomore left tackle Ikem Ekwonu, who is being touted as a high first-round draft pick, is participating in Senior Day festivities Friday against UNC, he said.

However, Ekwonu said he has not made a final decision on his future, but chose to participate in Senior Day in case it winds up being his final home game for the Wolfpack.


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