Kerry Hicks, Highland High School's All-America football player, ended a long and competitive recruiting battle Monday when he announced that he will sign a national letter of intent with national champion Colorado Wednesday morning.

"He called all the other schools (Monday) and told them that he's going to Colorado," said Hicks' father, Ken. "I think part of it was that he just wanted to get away from home, plus no one from Utah has ever signed with Colorado and he wanted to show those guys that they play good football in Utah.""How many guys from Utah get a chance to play with a national champion?" said Highland coach Tom Kingsford, who said Hicks will sign the letter of intent Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Highland.

Wednesday is the first day high school players can sign letters of intent.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Hicks, who is also a standout basketball player and discus thrower, was recruited by 45 Division 1 schools. He made official visits to Cal, Colorado, BYU, Kansas State and Arizona.

Hicks, who earned all-state honors as both an offensive tackle and a defensive end, totaled 67 tackles and 9 sacks last season.

- Doug Robinson