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Terps lose prime recruit to academics, Virginia Tech

Maryland lost one of the gems of its highly ranked football recruiting class as Kent Hicks, a 6-foot-3, 207-pound safety from Culpeper, Va., signed an grant-in-aid offer yesterday to play at Virginia Tech.

Hicks, who played six different positions at Culpeper High, signed a letter of intent with the Terrapins in February. But that letter was invalidated last week after he fell short of the athletic program's academic standards, which are more stringent than those of the NCAA.

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The Terps lost three starters from last year's secondary to graduation, and in Hicks, they were getting an athlete rated last year by the recruiting magazine SuperPrep as the fifth-best overall high school player in the state of Virginia.

As a senior, Hicks recorded 109 tackles, two interceptions, 291 yards rushing, three rushing touchdowns, 26 receptions, 505 yards receiving and six receiving touchdowns.

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Hicks, who originally chose Maryland over Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Boston College, had 18 career interceptions.


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