Hicks nabs first offer

Army continues to pursue running backs to add to this year's recruiting class. The day after Christmas, Kevin Hicks of Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic received a late present in the form of an Army offer, his first overall.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder discussed with ArmySports.com what the offers means to him.The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder discussed with ArmySports.com what the offers means to him.The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder discussed with ArmySports.com what the offers means to him.

"I'm so excited about the (Army) offer," Hicks said. "My family's elated. My dad got so excited he didn't know what to say. He's a retired Army major, so it certainly meant a lot to him as well.

"Coach (Jay) Bateman started talking to me a month ago and, this morning, told me they were ready to offer. I like everything about West Point. The education that you're going to get there, you couldn't ask for any better. I'm guaranteed a job coming out of college with a degree that will take me far when I get into the job market.

"Going into the military may not have been the first thing on my mind, but it's always been in my back pocket as an option. Coach Bateman is coming down to meet with me in person and when he does I'm going to set something up with him to make a visit."

Hicks has played at three schools in the last three school years; Norview as a sophomore, Norfolk Christian as a junior, and Bishop Sullivan Catholic as a senior. He put up astronomical numbers rushing for more than 1600 yards and 24 touchdowns inn 11 games.

"I had some pretty games," he said. "The game against Norfork Academy I had six touchdowns. That one was on TV. I had 380 yards in the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy game. The first time we played Trinity Episcopal I had 250 yards, but didn't play the second half. It gave me a lot of good stuff for my film. I think I made the most strides in my game, though, as a blocker for the passing game."

For his senior performance, Kicks was named Conference MVP, second team All-Tidewater Region, and selected for the Adidas 757 All-Star game played at Powhatan Field in Norfolk.

Hicks said one of Army's main factors in recruiting him is the chance to play on a national stage, an opportunity he relishes.

"I enjoy going against top competition," he said. "Army's a school that's on TV all the time. I just watched the Army-Navy game, which was interesting. Obviously, I'm interested in the style of offense the school is running. I'm going to look at the school itself and how far it is from home.

"Right now, Army is my only offer but James Madison offered me as a preferred walk-on. I'm also hearing from William & Mary and several D-2 schools."

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