UPDATE 4:15 P.M.: According to the arrest warrant filed by the Virginia Tech police department at the Montgomery County General District Court in Blacksburg, Nicolas was charged as a principal in the crime, which in Virginia means he was an accomplice who did not actually participate in the crime. It is still a second-degree felony charge, however.
The arrest warrant said the object in question was a bicycle, and that the incident happened at a campus dining hall.
ORIGINAL POST: Virginia Tech defensive end Dadi Nicolas was arrested last week on felony second-degree grand larceny charges stemming from an incident in May, according to Virginia online court records.
Under Virginia Tech’s university policy related to felony charges, Nicolas has been suspended indefinitely from the football team and is no longer listed on the team’s online roster.
Nicolas, a redshirt freshman from Delray Beach, Fla., faces an arraignment hearing on July 13. He cannot return to the football team until the charges are resolved or dropped, and would also need the approval of Athletic Director Jim Weaver to be reinstated. Nicolas would be kicked off the team permanently if convicted of a felony.
Grand larceny is the crime of trespassing onto another person’s property and taking items unlawfully, and in Virginia it carries a felony charge if the stolen items are worth more than $200. Court documents maintain Nicolas stole something worth more than that amount.
If the felony charge is upheld, Nicolas could face between one and 20 years in prison or, in the discretion of a jury or judge trying the case, a jail sentence of not more than 12 months and/or a fine not to exceed $2,500.
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 had raved about Nicolas’s athleticism and potential, although he was considered a raw prospect.
Nicolas played just one year of high school football at Atlantic High, the same school that produced former Hokies Jayron Hosley, Brandon Flowers and David Clowney, as well as current defensive tackle Luther Maddy.
Last month, Virginia Tech place kicker Cody Journell had felony breaking-and-entering charges stemming from a December incident dropped to a misdemeanor, but he has yet to be reinstated to the football team by Weaver.