The 2009 football regular season might be winding down for West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West linebacker Jordan Hicks, but recruiting for the Under Armour All-American continues to take shape.
The No. 2-ranked prospect in the ESPNU 150 has already made official visits to Ohio State and Texas and has an official visit scheduled to Florida for Dec. 12, a trip which Hicks said will be his last. The two remaining schools in the running for Hicks’ services, Alabama and Southern Cal, also figure to get official visits from the star defender at some point before the Florida trip.
Now it looks like those dates are closer to being finalized.
“This weekend we have talked about me going to Alabama but that isn’t 100 percent for sure yet,” Hicks said in his weekly conference call with media members on Monday. “I’m also looking at visiting USC on Nov. 28, but neither of those dates are for sure.”
In addition to figuring out where he will visit, Hicks is also starting to figure out when he will pick a school. Hicks said that he has no plans on when or where to officially announce his decision but he said that he would like to have a decision made, perhaps not a formal announcement but at least have a school already selected and in his mind, around Christmas.
While Hicks is looking hard at the Gators, Trojans and Crimson Tide, the five-star prospect continues to put Ohio State and Texas in a very positive light.
Hicks noted that he keeps in contact with a couple of current college players, including one at Texas.
“I talked with (Texas sophomore linebacker) Keenan Robinson after my visit and I’ve been in touch with him since,” Hicks said. “The last time I talked with him was late in the week last week.”
Robinson was Hicks’ host on his official visit to Texas for the Horns’ 38-14 win over Colorado the weekend of Oct. 10 and Hicks said that he is using his time on the phone with Robinson to make sure that there are no stones unturned in the recruiting process as it relates to Texas.
“He’s told me how he felt the visit went and I’ve been asking a lot of questions,” Hicks said. “I just want to know if I’ve missed anything or if there’s anything else he’d like to tell me or if there’s anything else I should know.”
While Robinson and the Longhorns were busy Saturday dispatching rival Oklahoma 16-13 in the Cotton Bowl for the fourth time in the last five years, Hicks was recovering from a busy week of homecoming festivities at Lakota West.
“I didn’t really get to watch any games,” Hicks said. “I saw some highlights. We had homecoming and I was really tired and by the time I got around to watching highlights I fell asleep.”
Hicks’ busy schedule might have been a good thing for Ohio State fans as Hicks’ did not see the Buckeyes get upset on the road against unranked Purdue, 26-18. Despite not seeing the game and being taken aback by the outcome, Hicks said that individual wins and losses, including the surprising setback for the Buckeyes, have no bearing on what school he will select.
“I was surprised because they are a good team but (Purdue) brought it to them and that’s what football is all about,” Hicks said. “Ohio State is Ohio State – they’re always going to be good. This just shows you that any team can fall and you have to be ready to play each week.”
Hicks and Lakota West have not fallen since an opening week loss, winning seven games in a row to put the Firebirds in a great spot with a 5-0 conference record. Hicks and Lakota West head coach Larry Cox both recognize that the team is about to have two tough tests on the road to close out the regular season against Cincinnati Oak Hills this week before next week’s regular season finale against Lakota East.
Hicks has been a standout on defense for the Firebirds but he has also done an outstanding job on special teams, including as a punter where he made a key play in Lakota West’s win over Princeton on Friday.
“He had a great run on a fake punt, what we call our rugby punt, where he made a nice run of 15-plus yards,” Cox said. “We ended up scoring on that drive so it was a great decision by Jordan. With the type of player he is we trust him in that spot that he’ll make the right decision.”
While Hicks continues to make great decisions on the field, his off the field decision of where to attend college will have the fan bases of the five schools vying for his signature glued to his every move until he makes his call.
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