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Palmyra LB Jon Hicks issues oral declaration to Connecticut

Written by: on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011. Follow Josh Funk on Twitter.


The first of Pennsylvania’s potential Division-1 prospects at linebacker in the 2012 recruiting class has announced where he will continue his football career.

Jon Hicks, a 6’3, 235-pound linebacker for the Cougars of Palmyra High School, issued an oral declaration to Connecticut today, according to national recruiting services and  The defending Big East Conference champion Huskies were one of only two programs to offer the Palmyra athlete – the other was Temple.  Hicks also received interest from programs like Akron, Duke, North Carolina State, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse and Wisconsin.

Hicks has made an impact defensively in each of his three years thus far in his high school football career, amassing a total of 310 tackles (89 solo), 13 sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

He is coming off of a junior season which saw him tally a team-best 138 tackles (36 solo), 6.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and a pair of blocked field goals.  Hicks averaged an impressive 15.3 tackles per game in 2010, finishing six of the nine games in which he played with tackle totals of 16 or greater.

Palmyra finished 6-4 overall in 2010, sporting a team defensive unit (including reserves) that allowed an average of 24 points per game, holding five opponents to 14 points or less.

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