Top Target: Kent Hicks

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One of the top rising seniors in the state of Virginia has received six official scholarship offers to this point in the recruiting process. His name is Kent Hicks , a safety prospect from Culpeper high school in Culpeper, VA.

“I have received offers from West Virginia, Boston College, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Maryland,” said Hicks. “Tennessee was supposed to offer, but I’m not sure if they have yet.”

It would not take long for someone to realize why he is one of the most sought after recruits in Virginia – all you have to do is look at him. He possesses a 6-3, 210 pound frame and can truly be called a physical specimen.

Former Culpeper coach Lou Sorrentino realized that Hicks had the body to play in college as a sophomore.

“He was just amazing,” said Sorrentino. “He’s so physically gifted. As a sophomore, I thought he could play in college with the body he had.”

Hicks combines excellent speed (has been timed at 4.38 in the 40) and athletic ability (34.6 inch vertical leap at the Nike Camp in Blacksburg) with his physical prowess. As a junior, he made 10 interceptions from the safety position.

Current Culpeper coach Randy Bove believes Hicks will make a great safety in college, because of his athleticism, size, and football instincts.

“Kent has great instincts for the football,” said Bove. “He knows when to break on the ball – he had 16 interceptions over the past two years.”

In the off-season, Hicks has been diligently working out in the evenings, trying to get stronger and faster before next season. He has thought about recruiting as well, and has thought a little bit about which teams he may officially visit next fall.

“I don’t really have any favorites right now,” said Hicks. “I may take a trip to Tennessee this fall. Other schools I might visit are Maryland, Virginia, and maybe Clemson. I’m not sure who else right now.”

Hicks, who may make a decision before December, says location will not be a factor in choosing a school. Boston College, Virginia, and Maryland were the teams he named as being the ones recruiting him the hardest.

“I might commit early,” said Hicks. “I don’t care where the school is – I just want the situation that’s right for me.”