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7 PLUS 1 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Joe Ervin

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In which BracketCat counts down the eighth day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State running back Joe Ervin.

#22 Joe Ervin
Freshman running back Joe Ervin (22) scored his first-ever touchdown against Bowling Green.
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Disclaimer: As the 2020 football season still is “technically” scheduled to proceed as planned in Manhattan, with the recent delay of our season opener until Sept. 12 against Arkansas State, we will reset and continue this Countdown for just a little bit longer...

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#7 Joe Ervin

Redshirt Freshman | 5-8 | 177 lbs. | Rock Hill, South Carolina
Joe Ervin
Joe Ervin
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Running Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Ja’Derrion Ke’Vontre “Joe” Ervin (b. Dec. 24, 2000) is an exciting running back from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is majoring in secondary education.

A true freshman who played in four games in 2019 as he preserved his redshirt for the season, Ervin rushed 23 times for 95 yards, setting season highs in rushes (10) and yards (46) at Kansas, while he scored his first career touchdown against Bowling Green.

He 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.

Ervin 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.

He 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, helping 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, was the first prep player out of the state of South Carolina to sign with the Wildcats since at least 1998. Former offensive coordinator Andre 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 Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami (Ohio), North Carolina, Old Dominion, Penn State and home-state school South Carolina.