HOUSTON - University of Houston head football coach Tony Levine announced Monday that high school senior-to-be quarterback Ben Hicks has signed a financial-aid agreement and will enroll at the University of Houston in January. The product of Midway High School in Waco, Texas, was recently ranked the No. 2 quarterback at the prestigious Elite 11 Camp in Beaverton, Ore., on July 12.
In his junior season as Midway’s starting quarterback, Hicks threw for 3,741 yards and 36 touchdowns with a 68 percent completion rate (235-348) to lead the program to a 9-3 record. Hicks also added 168 yards and three touchdowns on the ground for the Panthers.
Hicks was also named the MVP at the Columbus (Ohio) Nike Football Training Camp on June 2. The 6-2, 200 lb., quarterback is currently ranked a four-star prospect by ESPN.
The NCAA clarified a rule last year that allows a prospective student-athlete with plans to enroll at the middle of an academic year to sign financial-aid agreements with schools beginning on Aug. 1. With the rule, once a prospect signs a financial-aid agreement, the school can publicly mention the student-athlete and is no longer limited to contact restrictions with the student-athlete.
2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first season in the new TDECU Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.
Fans interested in purchasing Houston Football season tickets for as low as $140 for seven games can contact the Ticket Sales department online or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first game in TDECU Stadium.
2014 FOOTBALL MINI PLANS
For those Houston fans who are unable to make it to TDECU Stadium all season, three-game mini plans are available for purchase for $99.
The three-game mini plans give Houston Football fans two options - the opening game of TDECU Stadium vs. UTSA on Friday, Aug. 29, and any other two games this season, except for the Oct. 2 game vs. UCF, or the aforementioned Oct. 2 game vs. UCF, the 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion, and any other two games this season with exception of the TDECU Stadium opener on Aug. 29. The remaining five games for UH fans to pick from consist of 2013 bowl game participants UNLV and Tulane along with Temple, Tulsa and Grambling State. Fans can purchase mini plans here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
YOUNG ALUMNI TICKET INFORMATION
University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Each ticket consists of a $25 Cougar Pride donation with the four times Young Alumni multiplier, resulting in a $100 donation credit and a Cougar Pride parking pass in the TDECU Stadium Garage. Young Alumni can purchase tickets here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
GROUP TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are now on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston’s seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.
SINGLE GAME TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 5, via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Reserved seats start at $36 per person to any of Houston’s seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, and can be purchased by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.