"I met with coach O'Brien last Friday and he released me," said Hickman. "He gave me my release and is allowing me to transfer to another school. The only thing he said was that I couldn't go to another ACC school."
Hickman appeared poised to be the starting fullback in 2008, but he was arrested in early December and charged with five counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles and five counts of larceny. His court date was originally scheduled for January 2nd but has been continued until July, and Hickman wasn't asked to comment on his case. He had been suspended indefinitely since his arrest and was no longer going to be a part of the football program.
He has since withdrawn from school, although he did point out that he could have attempted to remain at NC State this semester had he met with the conduct board.
"I just dropped everything, and I'm probably going to go home and do a couple of hours at Forsyth Tech," Hickman stated. "I was supposed to go in front of the conduct board before the end of the week, but I'm going to let them know now that I am transferring."
Hickman hopes to meet up with coaches from App. State in the near future, as the current plan is to enroll at the D-IAA program as soon as possible.
"I have a couple of people talking to them about me coming up there," said Hickman. "I had one of my good friends talk to the Athletic Director about me and my situation. The coaches are all out recruiting and won't be back Friday. I'm going to go stay with a friend Thursday and talk with the coaches Friday morning when they come back.
"They just started classes on Monday so I'm hoping I can get enrolled this semester if everything goes well. Right now, I just want to play football."
Hickman stated that he enjoyed his brief time in Raleigh.
"I had fun while I was here," he said. "I know I'm going to still talk to a couple of my teammates, and I'm going to try and come back when I can and spend time with them.
"I'm just ready to go finish up my education and continue playing football."
If Hickman does indeed enroll at App. State, he will have three years to play three seasons and should be eligible to play in 2008.
A redshirt freshman, Hickman played in 10 games last season, starting the Louisville contest. The fullback totaled four catches for 20 yards and a touchdown.
He redshirted the 2006 season after enrolling as a linebacker. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native inked with NC State after attending Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy.
Hickman's departure leaves NC State without a scholarship fullback on the roster. The Wolfpack is expected to ink fullback Colby Jackson in February, but Jackson is recovering from an ACL injury. Walk-ons Corey Darrington and Daniel Polk could contribute at the position in 2008.