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39 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Joe Ervin

In which BracketCat counts down the 39th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State running back Joe Ervin.

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#39 John Houlik
Unlike linebacker John Houlik (39), Joe Ervin will be suiting up on the offensive side of the ball.
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Joe Ervin

True Freshman | 5-10 | 190 lbs. | Rock Hill, South Carolina
Joe Ervin
Joe Ervin
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Running Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Ja’Derrion Ke’Vontre “Joe” Ervin (b. Dec. 24, 2000) is an exciting running back prospect from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He looks to continue K-State’s successful Southern recruiting pipeline in the post-Andre Coleman era, hopefully.

Ervin played for the Stallions under head coach Strait Herron, was rated the 56th-best running back in the Class of 2019 by ESPN and was named to the USA TODAY Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA South Carolina team.

He earned all-state honors from High School Sports Report and was a two-time all-region pick after rushing for 3,384 yards during his career, breaking the school record of current New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Ervin had 1,964 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior, topping 200 rushing yards in each of his final five games of the year, and also caught 41 passes for 316 yards and a score during his prep career.

He helped South Pointe to earn a perfect 15-0 record and a state championship as a junior.

Ervin, who was selected to play in the 2018 South Carolina North/South All-Star Game, is the first prep player out of the state of South Carolina to sign with the Wildcats since at least 1998. Coleman was his primary recruiter.

Ervin chose K-State over offers from Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Seton Hall and Wofford, as well as interest from national champion Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami (Ohio), North Carolina, Old Dominion, Penn State and home-state school South Carolina.