Bright lights, big city: Kings Mountain football standout reveals his college plans – Gaston Gazette

The Kings Mountain defensive lineman is the latest to find his college home.

Lights tend to shine brighter in New York City, but don’t expect Javari Rice-Wilson to be blinded by the glow.

A defensive standout for Kings Mountain, Rice-Wilson made his college plans official Thursday by verbally committing to Fordham. The decision was relayed by way of a Twitter post.

“First of all, I would like to thank the man upstairs for giving me the ability to play the sport that I love dearly,” he said. “I would also want to thank my parents for EVERYTHING they’ve done for me as well. I would also like to thank my trainer Shamar, (Kings Mountain assistant coach Micheal) Kennedy, KM Elite and the whole Kings Mountain coaching staff for giving me the required knowledge on and off the field that I will forever keep in mind.”

Used sparingly during his first two years in a Mountaineer uniform, Rice-Wilson exploded onto the scene last fall by becoming one of the state’s top defensive players.

Voted Big South 3A Defensive Lineman of the Year, he was in on 65 tackles a season ago with 28 of those coming in the opponents’ backfield. He also had seven sacks and 10 hurries, as well as a fumble recovery and blocked field goal.

With the N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) delaying the start of football season until February due to the current health crisis, it is unknown whether Wilson plans to play or enroll early at Fordham. Kings Mountain is already expected to lose wideout and University of North Carolina recruit Kobe Paysour, as well as linebacker and Missouri commit Dameon “Day-Day” Wilson.

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— (@5_javari) August 13, 2020

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