Big-time safety prospect Kent Hicks from Culpeper (Va.) Culpeper County had a very solid junior campaign, and has started his senior season with the same intensity. Rated the No. 4 safety in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 22 overall prospect in the Atlantic East Amazing 80, Hicks stands 6-foot-2, weighs 190 pounds, and has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.4 seconds. Five schools are still in the running for his services.
So far this month Kent has received calls from Maryland, Tennessee, Boston College, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, and lists these five schools as his favorites. Although he doesn’t know a lot about any of them, they all have a few things in common.
“I haven't been to any to get a chance to see what they are really like, but from what I can tell, the coaches seem pretty tight,” he commented. “Anyone that I choose to go to would not be a bad decision.”
All five have offered full scholarships, along with West Virginia.
Hicks has an official visit set with Boston College for Sept. 19 when they host Miami, but also wants to see his other four favorites play at least one time in person. Over the summer, the Nike Camp at Blacksburg was the only camp he attended.
Since he still has a lot to learn about the schools he is interested in, Hicks said it will be a while before he makes a decision. He mentioned the possibility of making the call in the middle of the season, but said it would most likely be later.
As a junior Hicks recorded an amazing 10 interceptions, with more than 100 tackles, and was named to the all-state second team, all-district, and all-area teams. He has only played in one game this season, a disappointing 10-8 season opening loss, but he managed to keep his stat total up with ten tackles and a pick.
Although Kent has yet to take the SAT, he made a near qualifying 820 on the preliminary exam so he feels confident going into next month. He currently maintains a 2.4 GPA so a good SAT score could lift him over the edge.