January 2, 2011

Sade switches to N.C. State

SAN ANTONIO -- The night prior to arriving in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl week of practices, kicker Niklas Sade decided to make a switch.

That switch involved his college decision. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder was ranked as the nation's No.3 kicker and committed to Nebraska in late June. Everything seemed solid until before the Christmas holiday, when things changed. On Saturday evening, Sade switched his commitment to the local school: North Carolina State.

"The reason behind it was I wanted to stay closer to home," Sade said. "At first, we had a plan where my parents would move with me. But because of work, my dad couldn't. So this decision was best for the family.

"I mean I was pretty solid in my decision [for Nebraska], so no one even thought about it. I didn't have any idea. I was just lying there one night after [my parents] told me, so I was thinking over Christmas, and I decided to call State up. They were surprised, but they were happy. [Nebraska] was more speechless, and surprised, kind of disappointed, with it being so late."

The chance to stay in his hometown of Raleigh and play for the Wolfpack certainly is something he's looking forward to.

"I mean it's my hometown," Sade said. "I can play in front of all my friends, I know a lot of people that go there and it's a great program that's starting up again."

For now, Sade is looking forward to everything the week will bring.

"First of all, I just want to have a good time representing the U.S. Army," he said. "But also I want to just to do well, and I can put my name out there and be with the best."

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