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February 6, 2013

Letter of intent No. 8: Malcolm Means

Malcolm Means
Richland (S.C.) Lewisville High
6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Measurables: At a Shrine Bowl combine, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds and the shuttle in 4.29 seconds … Did 12 reps at 185 pounds on the bench press and broad jumped 9-9.

Stats: Rushed for 1,043 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 553 yards and seven scores offensively as a senior … Defensively had 38 tackles, including four sacks, four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns and a fumble recovery that was also returned for a score … One of the pick-sixes was a state record-tying 109 yards.

Ratings: Ranked two stars by Rivals.com … Listed by ESPN as a three-star recruit, the No. 164 athlete in the country and No. 22 prospect in South Carolina … Regarded as a three-star prospect, the No. 25 player in the state and No. 125 athlete in the nation by 24/7 Sports … Rated two stars by Scout.com and the No. 131 safety nationally.

Honors/accomplishments: Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star game, where he recorded five tackles, all assists, and broke up a pass … Named to the Division I-A All-State team by the Associated Press … First Lewisville High product to sign with an FBS team since 1997 … Also runs track.

Recruitment: Means, through a combination of playing for a small school in South Carolina and not achieving qualifying status until December, flew under the radar. He then shined at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game in Spartanburg, S.C., and achieved qualifying grades. NC State and UNC offered, but NC State got the jumpstart on Means and secured his commitment four days after he officially visited the weekend of Jan. 11.

Recruiter of record: Running backs coach Des Kitchings.

2013 projection: Means was recruited as an athlete but his best bet to get on the field early is at safety. Given the lack of depth at the position coming back, Means could be a sleeper to get on the field early.

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