UNC football receives Christmas present

North Carolina picked up an early Christmas present from a lineman out of Virginia when they recived a verbal commitment from Highland Springs (VA) athlete Wyatt Hicks, <i>Inside Carolina</i> has learned.

"I committed to North Carolina," said the 6-foot-6, 250 pounder. "A lot of things made me want to commit. They have a great coaching staff, the program is on the rise including the last two years when they've had great recruiting classes."

Location of the school and their flexibility with his future position helped soothe Hicks' mind.

"We have a lake place on Lake Gaston that's on the Virginia/North Carolina border. They'll probably come down on Friday nights and then watch me play on Saturdays.

"Some places were talking defensive end or offensive line, so they'll fit me in wherever. It doesn't matter to me, but the defensive ends do usually get more praise than offensive line."

Hicks has added thirty pounds since last season, and many schools were interested in his services. However, he chose the Tar Heels over offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, and Clemson.

"Wyatt Hicks is a kid that many schools thought was a bit undersized, but he has put on a few more pounds," said Highland Springs head coach Scott Burton.

In Hicks' first year as an offensive lineman in 2003, he emerged as a state standout and earned all-Metro honors, as well as drawing increased national attention from recruiters.

"Wyatt is one of the smartest offensive linemen I've ever coached," Burton told The Sabre Magazine during last season. "He understands adjustments and he understands the big picture in terms of blocking schemes. He has the courage to try and change some things during the game. He's very athletic at 6-6, 250 plus, has long arms and good hands. I think the sky's the limit for him because he's a converted tight end and he was only 210 pounds ... I think that you'll see him two years from now at a major Division I college at 300 or 310 pounds."

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