Josh Hokit was ranked No. 10 at 285 pounds in the final rankings of the season (Photo/Fresno State Athletics)
Josh Hokit, Fresno State heavyweight wrestler and running back, will continue his football career after signing an undrafted free agent agreement with the San Francisco 49ers. The former Bulldog walk-on agreed to his UDFA deal shortly after Saturday's NFL Draft.
Here's what Hokit posted on his Twitter account this weekend:
"The Bulldog career of Josh Hokit is one the most successful and unique paths that Fresno State has seen," the website 247sports.com reported this weekend. "The local prospect from Clovis High School walked onto the football team in 2016 after turning down wrestling scholarships elsewhere. His freshman year began at linebacker, but by the season's final two games he had moved into a starting running back role."
"It meant everything," Hokit said. "Coming out of high school, I didn't think I was going to be here. I was going to go back East. My gut was telling me to stay here and play in front of my friends and family and it was the best decision I ever made."
In addition to his success on the gridiron at Fresno State, Hokit managed to make a name for himself on the mat for the Bulldogs, earning NCAA All-American honors as a junior (placing fifth in the 197-pound weight class at the 2019 NCAAs), then named an All-American as a senior in the 285-pound weight class for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. (Hokit had been the No. 12 seed for the NCAAs, which were canceled prior to the event because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.)
Prior to arriving at Fresno State, Hokit had wrestled at Clovis High where he earned the 182-lb. state title in 2016, and was three-time CIF State Medalist. He was ranked as high as number three in the nation as a senior.