"He told me they are looking for a true fullback, and it will be nice to have me in their backfield."
Hickman had originally planned on announcing his decision Friday afternoon, the last day he would be at Hargrave Military Academy. However, it was an offer to take another official visit that triggered his mid-week commitment.
"When I got back to school the coach from South Florida wanted me to take a visit there, but I wanted to have a long break for Christmas," he said. "I wanted to go ahead and commit to NC State because I knew that was where I wanted to go. I really felt at home there on my visit and there wasn't a reason to take that other visit if I knew where I wanted to go.
"I called the South Florida coach back and told him that I went ahead and committed. He didn't say much. He just wanted me to go down there and compare it to State."
What was the deciding factor in Hickman's decision?
"It's close to home, and my family is happy about it," he said. "I can go see them on some weekends, and it will be easy for them to come to my games.
"I just felt at home at State."
Hickman is NC State's 10th commitment in the Class of 2006. He chose the Wolfpack over offers from UCONN, East Carolina, and South Florida and received late interest from Florida and Ole Miss.
A 6-foot-3, 235-pound fullback, Hickman is considered a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the nation's No. 45 prep running back.
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