Hicks commits after recent Army offer

Kevin Hicks was recently offered by the United State Military Academy on December 27th, 2014. The hard-nosed running back out of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach, Va. wasted no time in giving the Black Knight coaches a resounding yes to their offer prior to making an official visit to West Point. ArmySports.com spoke with Hicks on what led to his decision.

Kevin Hicks

"Well, yesterday I called Coach (Jay) Bateman, the defensive coordinator," Kevin Hicks said. "I wanted to commit to him personally, but he said he was boarding a flight and would have to call me back. When he did call it was my father who spoke with him and relayed the message to him that I wanted to commit. He confirmed it with him, he was very excited, offered congratulations, and said the head coach would be calling me today.

"After the (Army) offer I thought long and hard about the commitment because there's a lot more to committing to a military academy than a regular school. There's a lengthy admissions process and then a five-year commitment to the service after college. I finally came to the conclusion that I didn't want to make a decision that would affect my immediate future but one that would benefit me my entire life. Choosing to go to West Point will change my life forever. It's a decision that goes beyond football, but one that will make a lasting impact on my livelihood for a lifetime.

"They were kind of vague about what specifically they liked about me as a player. Coach Bateman said they saw my film and loved it. He said I'd make a good B-back in the triple option attack with my ability to run between the tackles. I like the offense they run. It's one that's well-suited for me. I'm excited to play for the coaches who seem like down-to-earth guys who'll be available to me to go to when I'm there. I've really connected with them which was a big factor in my decision."

Hicks, 5-foot-9, 200-pounds, had 1,689 yards on 156 times and 24 touchdowns for Bishop Sullivan in 2014. He earned a Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the Week award for his performance against Norfolk Academy when rushed for 193 yards on 28 carries with six touchdowns in his team’s 48-42 win. Hicks was named first team All-Tidewater Conference and the conference's Offensive Player of the Year.

Army was the only offer Hick had at the time of his commitment, but was strongly considering a preferred walk-on offer from James Madison.

"It's a big relief," Hicks said on making his final decision to attend West Point. "It does add some stress because I know now what I have to do, and that's get myself ready for this. I know that it's going to be hard so I have to start preparing myself for this. I'm going to sit down with my trainer and set some goals for this spring and know I'll have to work hard to get ready to go in over the summer.

"My family is so excited right now. My father, you know, is a major in the Army himself. He's all over the place with my decision to go to West Point."

Hicks said he will be discussing today with Jeff Monken on when he will be taking his official visit to campus and if he will be going directly into the Academy or to USMAPS.

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