Culpeper (VA) safety prospect Kent Hicks had a successful off-season in preparation for his senior year. In addition to getting stronger, Hicks feels he is faster than ever and looks to lead his team to many victories this season.
“I’ve gotten faster over the summer,” said Hicks, whose Culpeper squad takes on Park View tomorrow night. “I learned a little bit at the Nike Camp [in Blacksburg] about how to run faster and jump higher. I’ve been working with Coach Marks to get stronger as well.
“I think we could have a good season. People are counting us out, but we just have to prove them wrong.”
Many schools including Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Boston College, Maryland, and Florida State are vying for Hicks’ services. All of these schools except for FSU have offered and are heavily interested in the 6-3, 210 pound blue-chipper.
Recently, Hicks has narrowed his list to around five schools.
“I’ve got my list down,” said Hicks. “Boston College, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and either Florida State or Miami (FL) are my top schools. I like the coaches of all of these schools and their programs. I will officially visit Boston College on September 20th and I’m trying to set up something with Tennessee. Tennessee is the only school I’ve been able to talk to this week.”
Virginia was one of the schools at the top in the beginning of the process. The Cavaliers are now on the outside looking in, with the departure of defensive back and former Culpeper star Stefan Orange from the program appearing to be a slight factor in Hicks’ thinking.
“Virginia’s still there, but I’m just not as interested as I was before,” said Hicks. “Whatever happened with Stefan [Orange] is just one of the reasons. I’m just not sure. They called earlier this week. I’ll still listen to what they have to say and then I’ll tell them whether I’m interested or not.”
The Cavaliers will certainly try to get back in the mix with one of the state’s top prospects, but it remains to be seen if Hicks will come back around. Hicks indicated he may take all five official visits, but wasn’t sure just yet when or if he would take them all.
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