After the excitement of last week’s Under All-American game jersey ceremony, the West Chester Lakota West linebacker had a calm week and is focused on the rest of the regular season to keep the Firebirds in the playoff hunt. He discussed the home stretch of the season and the latest on the recruiting front in his weekly teleconference.
It is steady as it goes for
After the excitement of last week’s Under Armour All-America game
jersey ceremony, the West Chester Lakota West linebacker had a calm week and is
focused on the rest of the regular season to keep the Firebirds in the playoff
He discussed the home stretch of the season and the latest
on the recruiting front in his weekly teleconference.
Another Week, Another Win
Lakota West hosted Greater Miami Conference foe Cincinnati
Princeton last week and turned the Vikings away with a 28-0 win. The Firebirds
have a seven game winning streak after dropping the season-opener 7-6 to Clayton
Hicks, who is rated as top prospect in the Class of 2010 by
Ohio High magazine and is the No. 2-ranked player in the country by ESPN
Scouts, Inc., had 6.5 tackles last week including 1.5 for a loss. On the season,
he has 54.5 (10 for loss), an interception and two pass breakups.
Hicks also tallied his second touchdown on the season on a
5-yard run to put Lakota West up 21-0 midway through the third quarter.
Defensively, the Firebirds held Princeton quarterback and
LSU recruit Spencer Ware to 139 yard rushing on 17 carries and 23 yards on
4-of-21 passing and two interceptions.
Ware is rated as the No. 8 prospect in the 2010 class by
“The kids have responded and one of the things we’ve always
talked about is continual improvement and I think we’ve done that,” Lakota West
head coach Larry Cox said. “Any time that you play Princeton and you shut them
out, especially with a prolific player like Spencer Ware, then you’ve got to
feel like you’re starting to punch on all cylinders. That’s what we want to be
able to do.”
Lakota West (7-1) currently stands as the eight-seed in the
Division I, region 4 computer points. According to our friend Drew Pastuer,
Lakota West has an 88 percent chance of making the postseason. It would
be the first playoff berth for the Firebirds since 2006.
Lakota West is on the road this week at Oak Hills (3-5) and
closes the regular season at rival Lakota East (2-6).
“We want to finish these last two games strong,” Cox said.
“Being on the road, it’s going to make it a little more difficult. As long as we
stay on that theme of improvement each and every week, that’s all we have to
take care of.”
Special Teams Demon
Hicks has been moonlighting on special teams this season
handling the punting duties. He has 13 punts on the season for 551 yards (42.4
“We take (special teams) as just another offensive or
defensive play. It is one of the most important things on the team,” Hicks said.
“We feel like if we play well on special teams it will give us more of an edge
to win. And we have done that in almost every game we’ve played. I just want to
do what I can to help the team win. That’s why I take pride in it.”
Hicks has the liberty on punt plays to tuck it and run for
the first down. A play he has executed several times this season.
“Jordan plays like we expect him to each and every week,”
said Cox. “One of the things I have really noticed is his play on special teams.
He is really an unselfish young man. Sometimes you get kids that really feel
like they are a position player and that is all they need and don’t want to do
“It is what I have come to expect and what I have come to
count on quite frankly.”
On The Recruiting Trail
Hicks tentatively had a trip scheduled to Alabama this
weekend but has decided to forgo the trip. His USC official visit is tentatively
scheduled for Nov. 28.
Of course, he has already taken official visits to Ohio
State and Texas.
Hicks said he has kept in touch with players at both
“I keep in touch with (Lakota West grad) Solomon Thomas at
Ohio State and have talked to (linebacker) Keenan Lewis after my visit (to
Texas) and we’re staying in touch,” he said.
Robinson was Hicks’ host on his visit.
“He asked how I felt like it went (the last time we talked)
and I just asked him a few more questions – if there was anything I missed or if
there is anything he would like to tell me – stuff I should know,” Hicks said.
Hicks took his official visit to Ohio State for the loss to
USC in September and was surprised at the Buckeyes’ second loss of the season to
Purdue last week.
“I didn’t expect that whatsoever but Purdue is a good team.
They brought it to them and that’s what football is all about,” he said.
But the unexpected loss hasn’t swayed his impressions of
“Ohio State is Ohio State. They are going to be good. Every
team can fall. You just have to come out ready to play each week,” he said.
The Hicks Report Archive
Oct. 15, 2009:
All-American week for star linebacker
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 –