If anyone was questioning just how hard the Texas Longhorns are pursuing West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West linebacker Jordan Hicks, Monday’s announcement should make it very clear how highly the Horns value the Under Armour All-American.
On Jordan Hicks’ weekly conference call Lakota West head coach Larry Cox said that several college coaches will be in the stands when Lakota West takes on Mason Friday night, one of them being Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.
In addition to Muschamp, Cox noted that Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri, Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly and possibly Florida assistant coach Scott Loeffler will be at the game.
Hicks, the No. 2 overall prospect on the ESPNU 150, spent a portion of Monday morning talking about the relationship he has formed with Muschamp and from Hicks’ side there seems to be a lot of respect toward the Longhorns’ head coach in waiting.
“He’s a really good guy, I like him a lot,” Hicks said. “I talk to him once a week or every other week. He’s a real personable guy. He’ll call me after my games just to see how everything went. I get the feeling that he really cares.”
Hicks also touched on Muschamp’s coaching style and said that if he should decide to head to Texas, which Hicks also stated on Monday that he still has no timetable on when he will make a decision, then there will not be much to do in order to adjust to Muschamp’s defensive scheme.
“They actually run the same scheme that we do,” Hicks said. “I will have to learn the terminology and there are some things that they do a little different. But the energy that he brings to games, practice and following games, I like it a lot.”
As did last week Hicks reiterated exactly what he is looking forward to when he comes to Austin next weekend and spoke of even more he would like to see at Texas.
“I want to see a good game atmosphere because I haven’t been there for a game before,” Hicks said. “I want to get a good look at campus. I haven’t seen the dorms or anything like that I’ve only seen the football facilities.”
Hicks also made some news when rattled off his top five schools on Monday with one school that had previously been on the list being was absent and seems to have fallen by the wayside.
“In no particular order my top five are Ohio State, Texas, Florida, USC and Alabama,” Hicks said, with Georgia being the school previously mentioned among his top suitors. When asked directly if Georgia was no long among his favorites, Hicks simply replied, “at this current time, no.”
Hicks said that as of right now he has no other official visits scheduled other than his trip to Austin for his official visit to Texas for the Colorado game on Oct. 10 but he did mention that he is currently trying to set an official visit to USC as well as trips to Alabama and Florida.
One thing that some of Hicks’ top schools have in common is that the linebacker depth looks good for him to come in and be able to have a chance to contribute early. But being the competitor that he is, Hicks knows that nothing will be handed to him when he signs with the school of his choice.
“I know that Florida has three senior linebackers, Texas is pretty shallow at linebacker and Ohio State is shallow, so that all goes into consideration,” Hicks said. “But I’m going to have to earn my spot, wherever I go.”
Hicks is now at the halfway point of his season on the gridiron as he returned to the field last Friday after missing one game due to complications from a sore throat. Hicks said that he is feeling much better but getting to lay the wood to people might have as much to do with that as being over his sickness.
“I enjoy hitting people, tackling is one of my favorite things to do,” Hicks said. “I feel great.”
The Firebirds are now sitting at 4-1 after a 28-17 win over Sycamore High of Cincinnati with Hicks being in top form recording 18 tackles (including 11 solo stops) and four tackles for loss in the victory and Lakota West head coach Larry Cox was one of the people most excited for Hicks’ return.
“It’s more of a leadership thing with him,” Cox said. “It was great to get the win over Hamilton without him because it showed our kids that we are a team and not a bunch of individuals. But I like having him there because of the leadership he provides.”