The Hicks Report: Season of change


All-American LB Jordan Hicks has shifted his focus to basketball season (Photo by

West Chester Lakota West All-American linebacker Jordan Hicks has put a bow on his high school football career and has shifted his focus to hoops. He discussed the end of his days on the grid-iron for the Firebirds, his senior basketball season and the latest in recruiting in his weekly teleconference Monday.

It is the changing of the seasons for Jordan Hicks.

The Under Armour All-American linebacker has put a bow on
his high school football career and has shifted his focus to hoops. He discussed
the end of his days on the grid-iron for West Chester Lakota West, his senior
basketball season and the latest in recruiting in his weekly teleconference

Firebirds Extinguished

Lakota West’s football season came to a close in the
Division I, Region 4 Quarterfinals Nov. 7 falling to Cincinnati Anderson 24-21.
The Firebirds finished the season 9-2 claiming the Greater Miami Conference
title for the first time in school history.

“It was a successful year. We did have bigger goals and
unfortunately it didn’t pan out for us but I think we came together real well,”
said Hicks. “We’re just a real tight group and its going to be sad to leave them

Lakota West will part ways with 33 seniors.

“At this point, you don’t rebuild, you reload,” Lakota West
head coach Larry Cox said. “I have a tendency to echo ever year that I have no
doubt I will have a great senior class next year. I think the senior season at
Lakota West is very special for the kids and it is by design that it is that way.

“It was a historical season,” he added. “We broke the
record for consecutive games won, we won a GMC championship and there were just a lot
of positives. There were lot of great things that happened with the program this
year and not just with the wins and losses. I just felt like all-in-all it
was a great season.”

Hicks finished the season with 80 tackles (13 for loss),
three sacks and two interceptions. He also had 11 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

On special teams, Hicks had 24 punts for 987 yards (41.1

He is ranked as the top player in the 2010 by
Ohio High
magazine and the No. 2 player in the country by ESPN Scouts, Inc.

Twine Time

It’s official: Jordan Hicks is playing basketball this

After much consideration, Hicks has decided to lace up his
shoes and hit the hardwood again for Lakota West started practicing last week.

“It’s going pretty good. It has actually been pretty tough
just getting used to it and getting everything put in but it has been a lot of
fun,” he said.

Lakota West finished 12-9 last season and fourth in the
GMC. This season, the Firebirds look to improve on last year’s mark under
first-year head coach Sean Van Winkle.

“He’s tough but he also brings a lot of intensity to
practice,” Hicks said. “So, I feel like its making practices fun and we get a
lot out of what we do. He’s got a plan and he’s sticking to it. It’s been going really well.”

Lakota West is in good position to build on last season
having graduated only two seniors. 

“I’m real confident this year with everything that has
happened and how we’re looking. We’re pretty senior dominated team and that’s
always a plus and we’ve all been playing with each other a while,” said Hicks.

“We have a lot of good chemistry and with Coach Van Winkle,
I am very confident in what we can do.”

Of course, when it comes to Lakota West basketball, most think of the women’s program that is a perennial Division I state contender and consistently sends players to the top college programs in the country.

When asked if he thought the men’s team could beat the women’s team, Hicks laughed, “We’d smash them.”

Hicks was a Second Team All-GMC selection last season with
11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals at the forward position.

Early Pomp And Circumstance?

With Hicks electing to play basketball this season, it is
unclear whether or not he will graduate early. He could graduate after
basketball season and enroll at the school he selects if that school is on a
quarters schedule. If the school he chooses is on semesters, he
will most likely have to graduate at the end of the school year and enroll for the summer session.

“That is something we are going to talk to Coach Van Winkle
about and the whole me graduating early thing,” Hicks said. “He is really
supportive of that.

“We’re just going to figure out the best way to do it.”

Ohio State is the only school in Hicks’ final list of five where he
would be able to graduate high school early and enroll in the spring. Florida,
Alabama, Southern California and Texas each follow semester schedules. So, if
he doesn’t pick the Buckeyes, he would most likely have to graduate high school at the end of the school year and enroll in the summer.

He has taken official visits to Ohio State and Texas and an
unofficial visit to Florida. Hicks is still working on scheduling trips to USC
and Alabama during basketball season.

The Hicks Report

Oct. 22, 2009:

Playoffs, special teams and recruiting all covered this week

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

Taking control

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