Hicks Discusses First Visit

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The recruitment of Culpeper (VA) safety Kent Hicks promises to be one of the more heated recruiting battles of the 2004 recruiting class. Virginia got the first crack at Hicks, hosting the 6-3, 210 pound prospect on an official visit last weekend.

Hicks was impressed with the Cavaliers.

“It went pretty good,” said Hicks of his visit. “It gave me a chance to get to know the players better and talk to the coaches one on one. [UVA senior cornerback] Jamaine Winborne was my host. He was telling me that the coaches are really good and they are fair about playing time. With their situation [at safety], I think I might be able to play right away.”

Virginia has indicated to Culpeper Head Coach Randy Bove and Hicks that he is one of their top overall targets. Head Coach Al Groh has told both that he is the primary recruiter for the talented safety.

“That means a lot,” said Hicks. “It could help them when it comes time to make my decision.”

Virginia Tech may get the next shot to impress Hicks, as he may take an official visit to Blacksburg next weekend for the Miami game. No other official visits have been set.

“I think I’m going to Virginia Tech next weekend for my official visit,” said Hicks. “I have to talk to Coach Ball, but I’m pretty sure the Miami game is my official visit.”

Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Boston College, and Tennessee have made the final top five. Currently, Hicks says he is open between all five favorites. He is not sure if he will make all five official visits before deciding.

“My top five is Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Boston College,” said Hicks. “Right now, all of the schools I’m looking at are even. There’s a possibility [I’ll take all five visits], but I don’t think so.”

All of the schools have indicated they are recruiting Hicks as a free safety, which is the position he plays in high school. He likes all of the coaches from his five favorites, and says his decision may come down to where he will can contribute the earliest.

““Virginia and Virginia Tech’s coaches are about even,” said Hicks. “They are both good. Plus both in-state programs are close to home. That’s why I like them. The coach at Tennessee is pretty good, and they have a huge crowd for every game. I also like the Maryland coaches and I like the campus. Playing time really might be the difference.”