Nicks Fulfilling a Dream

At 7:45 Wednesday morning, the faxing of Hakeem Nicks' National Letter of Intent to the football offices at North Carolina sealed the deal on a dream for the four-star recruit.

"He's always been a Carolina fan," said Charlotte (N.C.) Independence head football coach Tommy Knotts. "He wanted to make an early commitment so as not to be distracted. He was close on his SAT score and during the football season he needed to be able to concentrate on football and on his SAT Score."

Nicks, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound wide receiver, verbally committed to North Carolina in early August over a scholarship offer from Wake Forest and strong interest from many other ACC schools.

With Nicks, the Tar Heels add a possession receiver to their roster that uses his strength to avoid jams and grind out extra yards.

"They are getting a big talented receiver that can get yards after the catch," said Knotts.

During his senior season, Nicks easily filled the big shoes left by the graduation of Mohammed Massaquoi by catching 93 passes for 1,819 yards and 21 touchdowns. As expected, Nicks was a huge reason Independence won their sixth straight NCHSAA 4A Title and kept the nation's longest active winning streak intact at 92 games.

Nicks did indeed get his SAT score in the qualifying range and plans to enroll at UNC in June, according to Knotts.

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