Virginia Tech defensive end Dadi Nicolas has been reinstated to the Hokies’ football team after his second-degree felony grand larceny charge was reduced to misdemeanor petit larceny in Montgomery County (Va.) General District court Thursday.
Nicolas, who had been suspended indefinitely since the end of June, will have to complete 125 hours of community service as part of his deferred disposition, according to his lawyer, Jimmy Turk. Once Nicolas fulfils that, “the intent is to dismiss” the charge, Turk said.
The charge stems from a June incident in which Nicolas stole a bike outside of a campus dining hall. The Delray Beach, Fla., native was charged with a felony because the bike was deemed to be worth more than $200.
Nicolas plead not guilty to the amended charge Thursday in court.
“I have reviewed the matter and reinstated Dadi Nicolas as an active member of the Virginia Tech football team,” Athletic Director Jim Weaver said in a statement.
A late signee for the 2011 recruiting class, the 6-foot-2, 223-pound Nicolas didn’t play last season and ended this past spring third on the defensive end depth chart. But defensive coordinator Bud Foster and defensive line coach Charley Wiles raved about Nicolas’s athleticism and potential, even though he was considered a raw prospect.