Nicks Leads Streaking Independence

The winning streak for Charlotte, N.C. Independence High sits at 90, but a big reason for the continued success can be attributed to three-star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Tonight, Independence plays Myers Park in the semifinals of the North Carolina state playoffs, a team Independence beat 30-13 earlier in the year on the road.

"It has been a really good year," Nicks said. "We have the winning streak still going, but we really don't focus on it. We take everything game-by-game."

Each game, Nicks is becoming a better prospect, but few knew that a backup tight end would end up with 74 catches for 1,423 yards with potentially two games to go.

"It was a big jump, but that is what I wanted. That is what I expected to do, to make plays. (Former teammate and current Georgia freshman wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi) would always tell me to never give up, when I had some doubts about it, he always made me keep my head up and made me look on the bright side."

Nicks said he came close to giving up the sport in his 10th grade year when he had trouble finding playing time at any position.

"I have always wanted to play. I can't just watch the plays, I am a playmaker and I always want to be on the field," Nicks said, adding that he has continued to work hard in the weight room to make that happen in high school and hopefully in college.

"I want to play early in college, I don't plan on redshirting."

A solid commitment to North Carolina, Nicks adds that he is starting to set up his official visit to North Carolina while keeping in mind he plans to be playing each of the next three weekends.

"We are setting that up now. It is hard to set up a date now because I have the playoffs and then after that I have the Shrine Bowl. After the Shrine Bowl is when I want to take the visit, and it probably will be in January."

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