“In talking with Coach (Will) Muschamp, it was as good of a visit as they could have possibly had,” Lakota West head coach Larry Cox said.
In the opening statement of his weekly conference call on Tuesday morning, Hicks echoed those sentiments before going into greater detail about his first trip to Austin since the summer before his junior year.
“It was a lot of fun. I learned a lot,” Hicks said. “I hung out with Keenan Robinson before the game and after the game. The game was awesome. I toured the dorms and the business school because that’s what I’m interested in. I got to spend some time with the coaches and know them better and I got to know the program a lot better.”
Robinson, the Horns talented sophomore linebacker, served as Hicks’ host for the weekend visit that lasted until Monday. In addition to Robinson, Hicks and his mother also spent a lot time talking with other current Texas players about the program, which Hicks said proved to be very beneficial.
“Those guys really welcomed me in and I met a lot of the players,” Hicks said. “(Senior defensive end) Sergio Kindle, (junior defensive end) Sam Acho (and his brother Emmanuel), my mom and I sat down with (freshman quarterback) Garrett Gilbert and a couple of the linebackers. We got to ask a lot of questions in a one-on-one setting without anyone there and they told us a lot about the program and things like that.”
Hicks said the hospitality of everyone from coaches and staff to players was the best part of his visit weekend.
“The way the team and the staff welcomed me in, that was the biggest thing for me,” Hicks. “I didn’t feel like some kid from Ohio, I felt like just another kid. They welcomed me in real well.”
Hicks said that his mother also enjoyed the visit. During the trip Hicks said that his mother tried to absorb as much information as possible.
“She had a lot of fun. She got a lot of information.” Hicks said. “She talked with the coaches and other parents. We got to meet the president of the university and his wife. We got fed a lot of information and she liked it a lot.”
One of the biggest moments of the visit for Hicks was spending time with Muschamp and Mack Brown. Hicks said that his conversations with the Longhorns’ head coach and head coach in waiting went well.
“I talked with both of them. We sat down a couple of times,” Hicks said. “We talked and they wanted to know where they stood and what we thought of the trip. It was a lot of basics. I though It went really well.”
Hicks’ relationship with Muschamp has been well documented and Hicks said that on the weekend trip to Austin the relationship continued to grow.
“We already had a really good relationship and this time we were able to talk a lot of football and where he sees me and how they will use me,” Hicks said. “It’s a good relationship and it keeps growing.”
Cox expanded further on the relationship between Hicks and Muschamp based on a recent conversation Cox had with the Longhorn defensive coordinator after he made it to Ohio recently to see Hicks in person.
“After the game we were talking and he told me that we use Jordan in our defense exactly like they plan on using him,” Cox said. “It’s a direct fit, obviously, but Jordan’s personality is key. Will wants somebody who can execute in their system but that also brings good chemistry to the player-coach relationship. That’s what most coaches like about Jordan; it’s not just the physical side of things but the chemistry in building the player-coach relationship that people want on their team.”
Hicks now has two official visits down and likely three more to go with trips to Alabama and Southern Cal still to be determined.
One thing that was confirmed on Tuesday morning is that Hicks will be taking his official visit to Florida on Dec. 12 and he said additionally that he would like to make a decision sometime after that. Hicks did not set a target date for a decision but he did say that the Florida visit will be his last and if he does visit Alabama and Southern Cal it would have to be sometime between now and then.
Hicks did acknowledge that with his recruitment coming down the home stretch, the picture is starting take some shape.
“Naturally it is,” Hicks said. “I still feel like the smart thing to do is visit all of the schools and then make a decision.”