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January 17, 2013
Last week's official visit weekend has proven to be a fruitful one for NC State. The third of the six uncommitted players in attendance has decided to cast his lot for the Wolfpack.
Athlete Malcolm Means of Richburg (S.C.) Lewisville High announced via Twitter Thursday evening that he had verbally committed to the Pack.
The move comes as little surprise. Means topped The Wolfpacker's top 20 list Tuesday after acknowledging NC State as his leader following the official visit. Means also has hinted that he would make a decision Thursday, which coincided with his in-home visit with Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren and running backs coach Des Kitchings, who led Means' recruitment.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder could play either side of the ball for the Wolfpack. He was a do-it-all performer his senior year. He rushed for 1,043 yards and 10 touchdowns, and had 28 catches for 580 receiving yards and seven more scores.
Means also had 28 tackles, including five for loss, four sacks, four interceptions — including two that he returned for touchdowns — and a fumble recovery that he also ran back for a score.
Means' stock really took off at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, where positive reports helped him get offers from NC State and North Carolina. Rivals.com analyst Woody Wommack noted Means made plays all week during practice.
"Means is a true diamond in the rough and a great addition this late in the process," Wommack said. "His talent has never been in question and now that he's taken care of things off the field, he could end up being a key member of this year's class.
"At this year's Shrine Bowl he stood out during practices for his athletic and playmaking abilities and if he can get to work and add to his frame once he arrives on campus, he'll be hard-hitter in the defensive backfield."
Means joined Vero Beach (Fla.) High corners Sean Paul and Dravious Wright as visitors from the Jan. 11 weekend to commit to NC State. They represent the first three prep commits of the Doeren era.
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