His senior season may have just ended but business is about to pick up for Jordan Hicks. The Under Armour All-American linebacker from Ohio played what Lakota West head coach Larry Cox called one of his top performances of the season in a 24-21 opening round playoff loss to Anderson High School of Cincinnati. Lakota West finished the season with a 9-2 record and a Greater Miami Conference title but as quickly as the season ended Hicks’ focus now shifts toward making his college choice.
It is a choice that has had the fan bases of five schools (Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Texas and Southern Cal) waiting anxiously as the No. 2 overall prospect in the ESPNU 150 gets closer toward picking a school. Even though things are getting ready to heat up with Jordan Hicks’ scheduled official visit to Florida a little more than one month away, things in the near future remain quiet.
Hicks said during his weekly conference call Monday morning that while he will now focus more on recruiting he has not yet scheduled official visits to Alabama or Southern Cal. He still plans on visiting both schools before making a decision sometime near the end of December.
Hicks has already officially visited Ohio State and Texas and made an unofficial visit to Florida – the three schools largely suspected to be Hicks’ top three choices. Hicks insists, however, that he has no leaders and despite having seen three of his top five schools he still has a way to go on the road to making a decision.
“Am I feeling closer to a decision? Not really because I haven’t gone to those other three places (officially) yet,” Hicks said. “I’m treating this decision seriously and I don’t think I will really know until I see all of the places I need to see.”
One of the places Hicks has officially visited is Texas and Cox said the coaches recruiting Hicks have been consistent about staying in contact, including Will Muschamp. Cox and Hicks have both stated time and again how much they respect Muschamp and the Longhorn defensive coordinator deserves a ton of credit for keeping the Longhorns among the top suitors for the talented linebacker. Muschamp and Hicks spoke over the phone on Thursday as they normally do.
“It was a lot of catching up,” Hicks said. “He was telling me about the new recruit (Texas) just got from Oklahoma (Demarco Cobbs). We just talked.”
Getting to establish relationships with coaches like Muschamp and Southern Cal assistant Ken Norton, Jr., who also spoke with Hicks via telephone on Thursday, is what Hicks said has been the best part of the recruiting process.
“Getting to meet all of the different coaches and getting to see people that you see on TV every week,” said Hicks. “All of the coaches I have met have shown that they genuinely care about you. I’ve enjoyed establishing relationships with all of the different coaches I’ve met.”
Likewise, Hicks has not been so fond of one particular part of the process.
“The worst part was all of the calls that were coming in and how hectic it got,” Hicks said. “For a while it was tough just trying to figure everything out.”
Hicks has figured things out as the process has gone on and now that his own personal timeline is drawing closer he will tackle recruiting while playing basketball for Lakota West. Hicks said he will be at basketball practice on Thursday but on Wednesday Hicks will meet with the Lakota West basketball staff to iron some things out before he takes the court.
“I’m going to sit down with the basketball coaches and we are going to figure out when will be the best dates for me to take visits and things like that,” Hicks said.
A bigger issue will be whether or not Hicks enrolls early at the school of his choice. Despite being fully involved in basketball, Hicks is still prepared to make a decision one way or the other and that is fine with Lakota West head basketball coach Sean Van Winkle.
“Sean Van Winkle is a great guy ad he’s prepared if Jordan decides to stay and play or if he leaves,” Cox said. “He understands that Jordan has to do what he has to do. He’s just thankful to have him for whatever amount of time he has him for.”
Now as Hicks begins to focus even more on recruiting one school is sure to be thankful when Hicks makes the call.
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