West Chester Lakota West All-American linebacker Jordan Hicks discussed his pending official visit to Texas, talked about all the visitors he had last week, gave an
update on his final top schools and a potential Firebirds playoff berth in his weekly teleconference.
It is said, ‘Everything Is Bigger In Texas,’ and Ohio
biggest football prospect in recent memory will be making a trip to the Lonestar
State this weekend.
West Chester Lakota West All-American linebacker
Jordan Hicks discussed his pending official visit to Texas, talked about all the
visitors he had last week and a potential Firebirds playoff berth in
his weekly teleconference.
Texas-Sized Weekend Planned
Hicks, who is rated as the No. 2 player in the country by
ESPN.com Scouts Inc., is set to make his second official visit this weekend to Austin, Texas as the Longhorns play host to Colorado.
Texas Linebackers Coach Will Muschamp was in attendance
last week for Lakota West’s 45-13 win over Greater Miami Conference foe Mason.
Hicks had 3.5 tackles and two pass breakups in the game.
“I talked to (Muschamp) on the phone last week before he
came up and he said how he was excited to come up,” Hicks said.
Muschamp is believed to be the heir apparent to Brown when
Brown’s days at Texas have passed.
“He is just an outstanding human being,” Lakota West head
coach Larry Cox said of Muschamp. “He has just been a joy to work with. He’s
always staying in contact but he doesn’t bug you. We talk at least every other
week just to stay in contact.
“Will gives you that confidence and ease that if
Jordan does elect to go there that he is going to be taken care of.”
Hicks wasn’t on Texas’ radar in the beginning of the
recruiting process, according to Cox, until Muschamp intervened.
“(Muschamp) had to sell Jordan to (head coach Mack Brown),” he said. “It
wasn’t until Jordan went down to camp that (Brown) fell in love with him. It was
sort of a reach because Texas doesn’t recruit out of the state very often.
Lonestar Not Alone
Texas was not the only program checking in on Hicks last
Alabama Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Sal Sunseri
was also on hand for the win over Mason. Cincinnati Head Coach Brian Kelly and
several coaches from his staff as well Miami (Ohio) Defensive Backs Coach Lance
Guidry took in the game as well scouting several other Lakota West players.
But Hicks said he did not let the guest list distract him
during the game.
“It was definitely in the back of my mind but I was just
trying to keep it out of my focus and keep my focus on the game and just play my
game,” he said.
Last Thursday, Florida Quarterbacks Coach Scot Loeffler
visited Lakota West to get some face time with Hicks. An official visit has yet
to be set up with Florida but it will most likely be in December after the
college football regular season.
“When (Florida does) the official visit they want to make
sure it is a time where they can spend a lot of time (with the recruits) and
really get to know the program,” Cox explained. “They don’t really do official visits
on (game days). If you have to and that is the only time, then that is fine.
“Scot and I had a really great meeting when he was up
Southern California Linebackers Coach and former NFL
veteran Ken Norton, Jr. will be on hand for the Fairfield game this week.
Of course, Hicks took his official visit to Ohio State when USC came to town and upended the Buckeye 18-15.
Despite the single blemish on Ohio State’s season, the Buckeyes are allowing just 11.8 points per game and have pitched two shutouts.
This stout showing on defense has impressed Hicks.
“I definitely believe that (Ohio State) has shown numerous
times that they are one of the top defenses. I felt like they showed that when I
was there against USC,” said Hicks. “It is important for me to play for a good defense because
if I am not playing for a good defense we probably won’t be productive and
probably won’t be getting as good of coaching as I could be.”
Speaking of Fairfield…
Lakota West (5-1) will travel to Fairfield (3-3) Friday to
take on an Indians program that has already tripled its win total from last year
under first-year head coach Aaron Fitzstephens.
Fairfield stumbled against undefeated Middletown last week
“They’re doing a great job. Their kids are competing hard
and playing hard,” said Cox. “I know they’re going to comeback hard with the
sting of that road loss they just took. They are going to back with an intensity
to do well.
“(Fitzstephans) is doing the right thing. He’s got the kids
playing hard and they’re staying pretty fundamentally sound. I think last Friday
Fairfield got caught up in the midst of still trying to build that program but I
don’t expect anything like that this weekend.
“I think with the success that we have had thus far, that
puts a little bit of a bulls-eye on our back. I told our kids that we are going
to be everyone’s big game and that is just reality. We’ve got to learn and
understand that we need a top effort every time we hit the field.”
A First For The Firebirds?
Lakota West has never won the GMC title and hasn’t made the
postseason in three seasons.
Both could change this season.
“We’re definitely shooting for the playoffs but it is
definitely a game-by-game mentality,” Hicks said. “Playing in the GMC, everybody
is going to come out and play their hardest against us so we’ve just got to take
it game-by-game and win them as they come.”
In addition to Fairfield, Lakota West has Princeton (3-3),
Oak Hills (3-3) and Lakota East (1-5) left on the schedule.
“We can’t really worry about what the other teams are
doing,” he said. “We have to worry about what we’re doing. If we do that,
hopefully we’ll be alright.
“We just keep getting better. I feel like each week we’re
just making our way to getting just a little bit better. So, the defense is
playing well, the offense is playing well and both just need to keep getting
better. That is all we can really ask for.”
Cox also feels Lakota West is headed in the right
“I feel like we’re taking the right steps,” he said. “The
biggest thing I tell our kids is they don’t want to play their best game in
August. You like to save those for October and November and that is one of the
things I have always been a big believer in.
“Pretenders play well in August and September and
Contenders play well in October and November.”
On The Fence
Despite being just a 1-point, season-opening loss to
Clayton Northmont away from being undefeated, Lakota West would be the eighth
and final seed in the Region 4 playoffs if the season were to end today.
Does that mean the Firebirds will have to win out to make
“That is where you go short term and the only thing you
need to focus on is taking care of Fairfield this week. Everything else will
take care of itself,” Cox said. “I think that is one of the things we’ve got to
realize that when you say you’ve got to win out you lump things into one big
pile and I don’t think that is a good thing. I just assume we focus on Fairfield
and I’ll let the computers figure it out.”
For what its worth, our
Drew Pastuer Fantastic 50 Playoff Odds have Lakota West at a 71 percent
chance of making the playoffs. If the Firebirds win out, there is a 94 percent
chance for a postseason berth, it drops to 35 percent with eight regular season
wins and three percent with six wins.
The inaugural Under Armour All-America Game Selection Tour will visit Lakota
West on Thursday, Oct. 15 to officially present Hicks with an honorary game
jersey, according to a realease from Under Armour on Tuesday.
Hicks is currently listed as the top player competing in the 2010 Under
Armour Alll-American Game
Cox will also be recognized for being named to the Under Armour All-America
Game coaching staff.
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The Hicks Report Archive
Sept. 30, 2009 –
All-American linebacker returns to the field, narrows college field
Sept. 22, 2009 –
Ohio’s top player talks Florida, Ohio State, hoops, more
Sept. 15, 2009 –
Ohio State official visit impressive for Hicks, mom
Sept. 8, 2009 –
First official visit to feature Troy’s invasion of Columbus
Aug. 30, 2009 –