The Hicks Report: All-American week for star linebacker


The Under Armour All-America Game Selection tour visited Lakota West and Jordan Hicks Thursday (Photos by Matt Natali)

West Chester Lakota West linebacker Jordan Hicks, who is rated as the No. 2 player in the country by ESPN Scouts, Inc., took his official visit to Texas this past weekend. Hicks discussed the trip in his weekly teleconference, compares the visit to his Ohio State official visit and also officially became an Under Armour All-American Thursday.

The Texas alma mater is “The Eyes of Texas” set to the tune of “I’ve Been
Working on the Railroad” and the Longhorns coaching staff had their eyes on
Jordan Hicks this past weekend and were working on his recruitment.

The West Chester Lakota West linebacker, who is rated as the No. 2 player in
the country by ESPN Scouts, Inc., took his official visit to Texas with his
mother. Hicks discussed the trip in his weekly
teleconference, compares the visit to his Ohio State official visit and
officially became an Under Armour All-American Thursday.

Horns Hooking Hicks?

Hicks, with his mom Kelly Justice, made the trip to Texas last Saturday
following Lakota West’s 26-7 road win over Greater Miami Conference foe
Fairfield Friday night.

They took in the Longhorns 38-14 win over Colorado.

“I actually had a lot of fun,” Hicks said. ”I learned a lot. The game was
awesome. I toured. I got to see all the dorms and stuff. I got to see the
business school. I sat down with all the coaches and got to know them.”

Hicks, who was the only prospect visiting Texas last weekend, said he felt
right at home.

“The way the whole team welcomed me in and the way it happened, it didn’t feel
like I was a kid from Ohio. The way they welcomed me, that is what I would say
was the highlight,” he said.

Justice liked it as well, according to Hicks.

“She also had a lot of fun. She got a lot of information from the coaches and
other players we met and the president. She liked it a lot,” he said.

Texas sophomore linebacker Keenan Robinson was Hicks’ host.

“I felt like (all the players) welcomed me in. We got to sit down, me and my
mom sat down with (freshman quarterback) Garrett Gilbert and a couple others to
ask questions. I had a lot of fun with them,” he said.

Hicks also spent some time with Texas head coach Mack Brown and linebackers
coach Will Muschamp, who has been spearheading his recruitment.

“I was with both of them for awhile. I felt it went really well. They wanted me 
to know where they stood. I felt like it went really well,” he said.

Picture Getting Clearer?

The trip to Texas was Hicks second official visit after his official visit to Ohio
State in September for the Southern California game.

“I felt like this visit was kind of different than the Oho State visit,” he
said. “There was just more time. I stayed from Saturday until Monday instead of
Saturday to Sunday afternoon. It’s kind of hard to compare because of the time,
plus, I got sick at Ohio State. Both of them were good trips. I learned a
lot. Hopefully I’ll be able to compare and make my decision after the Florida

Hicks will visit Florida Dec. 12 and plans to take official visits to USC and
Alabama before that.

But after the official visits to Ohio State and Texas, Hicks feels his
relationship with those coaching staffs in particular are the strongest, though, he is not
ruling any school out.

“It’s between Ohio State and Texas, just because I know them better,” he
said. “I think it is (coming into focus), naturally. But I think the smart thing
to do is visit all the schools. We’re just going to have to sit down and figure
out the facts and figure out what is best with me.”

Honeymoon In Austin

Hicks was clearly impressed with Texas after his official visit but Lakota
West head coach Larry Cox advised him to keep it all into perspective.

“The one thing I told him is that he is sort of in the honeymoon period
coming off that official visit and (he feels) really good about it,” Cox said.
“Now, take some time to worry about (Cincinnati) Princeton and your books and
then the reality will come into focus.

“Speaking with Coach Muschamp, that was as good of a visit as they could have
had, which is good. That is what you want for the young man. Now, he’s got to
remember to keep everything in focus and where the priorities are.

“Right now, that is getting ready to play a very, very good Princeton team
Friday night.”

Back To The Grid-Iron

Lakota West (6-1) hosts GMC opponent Cincinnati Princeton (4-3) and star
quarterback Spencer Ware Friday. Ware is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the
Class of 2010 by Ohio High magazine and is an LSU running back recruit.

“Spencer is a really good player. We are going to have to game plan him real
well,” Hicks said. “I feel like with the way our defense is playing we’ve got to
just keep him in the pocket. We’ve got to be fundamentally sound this week.”

Hicks has 49 tackles in six games (14 for loss), a sack, an interception and
two pass breakups. He also scored his first touchdown last week on a 1-yard run
to put Lakota West up 7-0 early against Fairfield.

All-American Linebacker

The inaugural Under Armour All-American Game Selection Tour visited Lakota
West on Thursday to officially present Hicks with an honorary game jersey. The
Selection Tour, presented by Right Guard, will present honorary game jerseys to
10 of the 85 players selected for January’s game in Orlando.

Lakota West was the first stop on the tour.

“I’d like to thank Right Guard and Under Armour for this once-in-a-lifetime
experience,” Hicks said in a press conference. “I’d also like to thank my
teammates and coaches for being so supportive during this whole process. Without
them I wouldn’t be the player I am today. I would also like to thank my family
for supporting me through this whole process also.”

Justice and Hicks’ sister Taylor Justice were on hand for the event.

“It’s very humbling to know that with all the great high school football
players in the country that I am considered on of the top linebackers,” said Hicks sporting the
honorary jersey. “I‘m really excited to play in the game and meet new people and
make some friends to carry on through college.”

Said Cox, “(Hicks) is a great athlete. That goes without saying.
But he is as good of a person as he is an athlete. To me, that’s what puts him
in the elite class. It’s not just the athleticism. When you mix the grades and
the character – that is what puts him at a level above.”

In addition to Hicks’ recognition, Cox was named to the Under Armour Game
coaching staff.

“I would like to thank Under Armour and Right Guard for the opportunity to
coach in this game,” he said. “Not just Jordan but this whole senior class has
given me a platform to get people to believe I have a little bit of coaching
ability and I appreciate that.

“I would also like to thank our administration. We
have some great people that allow us to do what we have to do as coaches. It is
not always easy but with their support and help it has made it easier.”

Added Hicks in regard to Cox coaching in the game, “It’s definitely going to
make it a lot more special.”


Jordan Hicks is presented with the Under Armour All-America Game honorary

Hicks addresses those in attendance

Lakota West head coach Larry Cox accepts the coaching staff position for the
All-America Game

Hicks and his mom Kelly Justice are all smiles

Hicks and Cox are headed to Orlando in January

Hicks gets a call from Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel after the
He also received calls from Florida head coach Urban Meyer, Texas head coach
Mack Brown and USC head coach Pete Carroll.

Hicks dishes for a quick hit on the radio

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The Hicks Report Archive

Oct. 6, 2009 – Officially an All-American, Texas official visit on tap

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

Taking control




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