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By Barry Every
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Eric Hicks, this past season, recorded 77 tackles, 17 TFL’s, seven sacks, six QBH’s, two PBU’s and one FR.

Despite losses to graduation Savannah (Ga.) Benedictine seems to be one of those programs where the cupboard is never bare, when it comes to impact prospects. Over the last three seasons Head Coach Danny Britt has led the Cadets to a (39-2) record with their only losses coming in the GSHA-AA Quarterfinals.

One returning starter that will be counted on heavily to continue the winning tradition is defensive tackle Eric Hicks, Jr. This past season he earned First Team All-Region honors.

“Eric is an extremely well put together young man that takes everything in a business like fashion,” Britt said. “This is a yes sir, no sir type kid that is already qualified. He took his first SAT with only sophomore classes under his belt and scored higher than needed to qualify already.”

Hicks isn’t satisfied with just qualifying, he plans on hitting a test score that will allow him to play at any school in the country.  He currently boasts a 3.7 GPA and wherever he ends up playing his collegiate ball, academics will play a huge role in his final decision.

This past season he recorded 77 tackles, 17 TFL’s, seven sacks, six QBH’s, two PBU’s and one FR. Hicks also logged plenty of time as a sophomore racking up 54 tackles, six TFL’s and four QBH’s. So it’s safe to say big things are expected of him in 2018.

“Right now I feel that my biggest asset is getting off the ball, most of the time I can beat any lineman I face off the snap,” Hicks said. “But one area I plan on improving upon is the use of my hands; I simply have to be more violent.”

During the spring/summer camp season Hicks made stops at ECU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mercer, South Carolina and Wofford. And next year he again hopes to camp at Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. But one school he is pretty adamant about hitting is Tennessee.

“He’ll end up with multiple offers, how big he ends up could determine what level of FBS he plays,” Britt said. “He is a smart and physical defensive player that also has the capability of playing offensive line. Eric is just a special player that has the mentality that college coaches will be able to count on.” 

Right now his lone offer is from Western Kentucky, but Georgia Tech, Kentucky and South Carolina are keeping close tabs on his progress. All are recruiting as a defensive tackle except the Gamecocks who would like to see him get some work at offensive tackle.

“Yeah, Coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. texts me on a regular basis reminding me that he will definitely be back down to Savannah soon to visit,” Hicks said. “Two schools I would like to hear more from are Appalachian State and Georgia. I don’t know what it is but I just like the Mountaineer program and where they are going. As far as Georgia they are the big in-state school that is close to home and I love to watch them play.”

During the season he made trips to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern and South Carolina. He was invited up the Boone, North Carolina for an App State game, but regretfully was unable to attend.

This spring Hicks will be taking part on the Cadet Track and Field Squad, where last year he threw the shotput. He may be adding the discus to his repertoire. As a freshman he set a personal best of 38-feet-8.5.

The most coveted body type, year in and year out are defensive tackles. Right now college coaches, at all levels, are still scrambling to find interior defensive lineman to fill out their 2018 signing class.  At 6-foot-3, 260-pounds, Hicks already has the size potential and length to pique the interest of college recruiters on a national level.

Western Kentucky may be the first to request Hick’s dance card, but they surely won’t be the last. The combination of ability, body type and academic prowess should entice a cornucopia of college recruiters to swing through Benedictine Military during the 2018 spring evaluation period.