Dakwa Nichols isn't someone Dave Doeren and his new staff have been worried about.
The new NC State coaches seem happy to have the Rockingham (NC) Richmond athlete aboard but they have not had to work too hard to keep him that way. Nichols has always been solidly committed to the school and his official visit over the weekend did nothing to change that. He told Pack Pride that he enjoyed his first opportunity to interact with the new coaching staff as a whole.
"They made me feel at home and I loved it. Especially the players, they made me feel really good. I enjoyed being around all of them all weekend," Nichols said.
It wasn't just the players. The coaches each took the time to get to know Nichols but two in particular were especially good at making him feel at home and at ease.
"I mostly talked to the head coach, Doeren, and the running back's coach Des Kitchings," he said. "I had already talked to them but it was good to be around them."
The coaches told the 5'10 running back that the offense will be a blend of two offenses that most fans probably wouldn't group together. Nevertheless, it could be telling.
It looks like the Pack will opt for a fast but physical running game.
"The head coach told me they were going to run an offense similar to what Oregon and Wisconsin run. He said there should be a lot of options for me in that offense," he said.
The 2013 back is one of the faster prospects in the state this year and thrived on offense and special teams for Richmond County this year. He was especially tough to handle on wide pitches and sweeps that allowed him to get outside and beat defenders to the sideline.
Nichols added that he became good friends with Artemis Jackson and Jack Tocho over the weekend.