Marquavious Johnson to play football, run track at East Carolina University

February 17, 2014 

Knightdale’s Marquavious Johnson signs with East Carolina University’s football and track programs on Feb. 5, 2014.

AARON MOODY — amoody@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

High School: Knightdale

Parents: Wanda Pittman and Derrick White

Position: Punt return, kick return, slot receiver

Also Considered: University of Tennessee

Why East Carolina? Marquavious was drawn by the coaches, players and the college-town atmosphere in Greenville. He said he wanted to go where he would see action as a freshman, and that ECU is giving him that chance.

Target Degree: Undecided at this point, but he wants to be a firefighter and intends to take as many classes as he can revolving around that profession. “I just always wanted to be a firefighter,” he said. He plans to do some volunteer work at a local fire station before heading off to college.

Most Memorable: “I’d have to say that late touchdown (run) against Hillside.” The play sealed a win for Knightdale in the second round of the state playoffs. “It made it seem like we were in college. The players and fans went crazy.”

Notable: Marquavious is a four-year varsity starter and three-year All-Conference football player for the Knights, named Offensive Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. He has been a member of eight state champion relay teams in track and won three individual titles in sprints (400-meter outdoor; twice the 500-meter indoor). He has competed in relays and sprints on five of the Knightdale boys’ seven consecutive state title teams. He’s also a two-year member of the Knights varsity basketball team.

Knightdale coach Rob Senseney: “You put him at wide receiver, he’s going to be the best at wide receiver. The same for running back or quarterback. Anytime the ball was in his hands, something good was going to happen. Everyone’s eyes on defense are all looking at him.”

Compiled by Aaron Moody

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