UNC Taps Indy For Commitment

At the Wake Forest passing tournament, Hakeem Nicks was a one-man team helping to lead his Independence (N.C.) team to a berth in the championship game against Byrnes (S.C.).

While Byrnes won the game, Nicks picked up some major accolades and showed his potential as a big game player. Several schools saw that potential, but today Nicks decided to make a decision.

"Carolina just offered me and I told them I wanted to make a verbal commitment," says the 6-foot-1, 210 pounder who had a solid performance at the Scout.com Combine in Durham. "We went up last Wednesday and they told me they would love to have me. I know it is a good school and you can get a good education, I like the ACC because it is coming up, and it is not too far from home."

Nicks says that his recruiting coach, wide receivers coach Dave Brock, played an important role in the process.

"It is good to have somebody that I will play for that I already know."

This fall, Nicks will have some large shoes to fill with Mohamed Massaquoi moving on to Georgia, but if the passing tournament is any indicator of success he should see the wins continue at the "Big I".

"We are coming together now and we are looking good for this year."

Nicks plans to be a leader on the team, which is one of his attributes on the field. He has a nice break into his routes, a strong move towards the ball, and very good body control in the air.

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