Chargers sign Hicks

Offensive tackle Reese Hicks, who played for the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe this year, has signed with the San Diego Chargers.

Reese Hicks was regarded as one of the top unallocated offensive linemen in the springtime league and was sought by at least three NFL teams.

At 6-feet-6 and 318 pounds, Hicks has prototype tackle size and the Chargers, who are rebuilding a unit that lost eight of 11 players from its 2003 roster, should afford him a solid opportunity.

The former Georgetown College standout was previously in camp with the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland. He is likely to be tried at right tackle.

A big athletic lineman, Hicks had a tremendous amount of potential. Hicks started for the NAIA champion Georgetown squad and was named an NAIA All-American. Hicks has been timed at 5.0 in the 40-yard dash and hails from Lebanon, Ohio.

College: Was a four-year letterman (1999-2002) and two-year starter at Georgetown (Ky.) College…Was a key member of the Georgetown Tigers team that advanced to an NAIA-record fourth consecutive NAIA national championship game in 2002…Named first team All-Mid South Conference, second team NAIA All-America and first team Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-America…Helped the Tigers to a 53-3 overall record during his four seasons, including four conference championships…Named first team All-MSC as a junior in 2001…Saw limited time as a sophomore in 2000 and a freshman in 1999.

Personal: Born Feb. 14, 1980. Graduated from Lebanon (Ohio) High School…Sister, Lindsay plays college basketball at Purdue and younger brother Jordan is a defensive end and long snapper at Georgetown (Ky.) College. Graduated from Georgetown in December 2002 with a degree in marketing and communications. Went through an unorthodox strength and conditioning program at Georgetown, which included log lifts, rock tosses and other strong man techniques.

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