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February 6, 2013

Letter of intent No. 19: Dakwa Nichols

Dakwa Nichols
Running back
Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County High
5-foot-10, 180 pounds

Measurables: At a Shrine Bowl combine ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds and the shuttle in 3.97 seconds … Had a 32.0-inch vertical leap and did 11 reps at 185 pounds on the bench press.

Stats: Ran 91 times for 1,094 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior despite sitting out three full games and much of a fourth because of an injury … Rushed 80 times for 945 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior despite missing the final two games with a broken foot … Also returned a kickoff and punt for scores in 2011.

Ratings: Given three stars by Rivals.com … Noted as a three-star recruit, the No. 114 running back in the nation and No. 45 prospect in the state by ESPN … Regarded as a three-star player, the No. 44 all-purpose back in the country and No. 46 recruit from North Carolina by 24/7 Sports … Listed as a three-star prospect, the No. 35 player in the state and the No. 106 running back nationally by Scout.com … Ranked No. 32 in North Carolina by National Underclassmen.

Honors/accomplishments: Named first-team All-Southeastern 4-A Conference as a junior and honorable mention as a senior … Also runs track.

Recruitment: Nichols was on NC State's radar ever since he turned in one of the fastest 40-yard dash times during the 2011 summer camps. The Pack offered Nichols a scholarship at the Spring Game in April, and he did not take long to accept, picking NCSU over an offer from Air Force May 2.

Recruiter of record: Former offensive line coach Jim Bridge.

2013 projection: With only two scholarship tailbacks returning, one if not two if the three backs signed will have a good chance of hitting the field this fall. Nichols has the speed and quickness to be an elusive open field tailback, but he must answer questions about his durability.

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