Checking in with Wyatt Hicks

ASHLAND, Va. -- Wyatt Hicks signed his football letter on Wednesday, but before he heads to Chapel Hill, he has a season on the hardwood to complete.

The Highland Springs HS center hit the boards hard, set some nice screens and showed impressive mobility in his team's 57-52 loss on Saturday night

But football is his sport of choice and he'll be a member of John Bunting's Tar Heels this fall. Three days after Signing Day, he's still brimming with excitement. When asked about why he chose Carolina, he can't hold back a wide grin.

"Oh man, the coaches, the environment down there," he said. "It's such a great place to be. The lifestyle is nice. It's just a great place to play."

Hicks plans to redshirt his first year on the Hill.

"Yeah, I'm going to redshirt. It's just that stength wise and weight wise, I need to get where the rest of the guys are," he said. "I've got to put some more weight on."

Hicks stands 6-6 and 250 pounds right now, but knows he'll need to add quite a bit of weight in order to be ready to play the line in college.

"My goal is to be at 270 before I get to school down there," he said. "I hope to eventually be in the 300 range.

"Mainly I need to work on just my weight and strength. And my overall footwork as well."

With UNC's recruiting focus turning to the class of 2005, Hicks has two junior teammates at Highland Springs -- Victor Harris and Victor Wells -- that are sure to garner interest from Carolina, as well as many other schools. Hicks said he plans to try and recruit both to UNC.

"Harris is one of the top running backs in the state of Virginia," Hicks said. "In fact he's going to go to a UNC basketball game with me next weekend."


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