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February 6, 2013

Letter of intent No. 20: Matt Dayes



Matt Dayes
Running back
Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay High
5-foot-9, 195 pounds

Measurables: At an Under Armour combine ran the 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds and the shuttle in 4.51 seconds … Had a 26.5-inch vertical leap.

Stats: Rushed 237 times for 1,878 yards and 31 touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 150 yards and three more scores as a senior … Ran 74 times for 484 yards and five touchdowns as a junior despite missing over half the season with an injury.

Ratings: Rated by Rivals.com as a three-star prospect and the No. 27 running back nationally … Regarded as a three-star recruit, the No. 59 tailback in the country and No. 56 recruit from Florida by Scout.com … Ranked the No. 92 player in the state by Florida Varsity … Picked as a three-star player, the No. 92 running back in the country and No. 157 recruit from the state by ESPN … Rated three stars, the 52nd best player nationally at his position and the No. 108 overall recruit from Florida by 24/7 Sports … Listed as the 23rd best prospect in the region by South Florida High School Sports.

Honors/accomplishments: Selected the region's 8A-7A-6A Player of the Year by the Sun-Sentinel … Named first-team All-State for 8A by the Associated Press … Helped Cypress Bay reach the 8A state title game as a senior and rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns in the championship game defeat … Also runs track.

Recruitment: Dayes originally committed to NC State over the summer while on an unofficial visit. He had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Kentucky, South Florida and West Virginia at that point. After the coaching change, Dayes decommitted. He took official visits to Central Florida and Vanderbilt, and briefly looked to be headed to Vandy. But Dayes said that he went with his heart in the end and decided to recommit to NCSU on Jan. 30.

Recruiter of record: Running backs coach Des Kitchings.

2013 projection: There is a definite need for a running back from the class to play next season since NC State only returns two scholarship tailbacks from last fall. Dayes is one of the most highly touted prospects in the class and is a good bet to see the field in 2013.




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