As he enters the final regular season game of his senior season, West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West linebacker Jordan Hicks has a lot to think about, namely a huge upcoming game against rival Lakota East and the recruiting process going forward.
The No. 2 overall prospect on the ESPNU 150, Hicks said that as of right now he isn’t focused on the latter near as much as he is what awaits him at the end of the week.
Jordan Hicks was expected to take a visit to Alabama over the weekend but the Under Armour All-American never made it to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s game against rival Tennessee. Hicks also has not yet finalized a date to visit Southern Cal and Hicks said regardless of the fact that both schools are still in the running for his services, recruiting is taking a back seat for now.
“I’m not sure on when I’ll make it to Alabama or USC, I’m still trying to figure that out,” Hicks said Monday morning during his weekly conference call. “Right now my main focus is on making the playoffs and finishing strong. That’s the only thing I’m really focused on at this point.”
Hicks has said previously that he would like to get out to see both schools but now it seems as though Hicks will visit either school only if necessary.
“It’s going to be a situation to where if I feel the need to go out there and see the campus and meet the coaches,” Hicks said. “It’s going to be whatever I feel is necessary.”
The only other official visit Hicks has set is his Dec. 12 trip to Florida and he said he will discuss his remaining visit options with his mother and Lakota West head coach Larry Cox. Hicks, who could potentially take one last unofficial visit to Ohio State before making a decision, said that despite his uncertainty of making visits other that his scheduled trip to Gainesville, it does not mean that the Crimson Tide or the Trojans are out the race by any means.
“Nobody has an edge or anything like that,” Hicks said. “The main thing is economically would it be worth it to go out there?”
Cox said the visit picture for Hicks should become clearer next week depending on if the Firebirds make the playoffs. If Lakota West makes it into the postseason, which they will with a win Friday, it will make setting up other visits tough because Cox said Lakota West’s playoff games will likely be on Saturdays.
Over the weekend Hicks managed to take a look at the two schools he has already officially visited catching some of Ohio State’s 38-7 win over Minnesota and though he did not see Texas’ 41-7 rout of Missouri, he was impressed with what he saw from both teams.
“(Ohio State) stepped up big time from last week,” Hicks said. “I didn’t (see the Texas-Missouri game) but I saw the highlights. It was a pretty good game on Texas’ part.”
Hicks said that he spoke with Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell late last week and talked with Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp earlier in the week.
Muschamp is one of the coaches Cox has formed a relationship with based on the recruitment of Hicks. Cox took time to reflect on the recruiting process thus far noting that despite Lakota West having several Division I prospects in his time at the school, including having sent two players to Ohio State since 2002, Hicks has been special for a lot of reasons.
“This has been something different. We’ve had some great players but nothing like this,” Cox said. “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve had a chance to develop relationships with coaches that I otherwise never would have had the chance to get to know. Guys like Will Muschamp, Ken Norton, Jr., Urban Meyer, Mack Brown and Pete Carroll.
“It’s been tiring and trying but this is a major decision for him,” Cox added. “It’s one of the top five decisions you make in your life. He’s handled it about as well as you can.”
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