Miami, Fla.--One of the top pass rushers in the 2018 class, speedy Robert Hicks committed to the Auburn Tigers in early March, choosing Gus Malzahn’s program over Miami, Mississippi State and others. Next month he will have the opportunity to work out in front of his future coaches when the Tigers join forces with Booker T. Washington and four other local high schools who are co-sponsoring a camp in Miami on June 10.
Having Auburn's coaches come to his hometown is something that Hicks said makes him feel good about the Tigers and he believes it’s a chance to not only showcase his skills, but also build a better bond with the guys that will coach him on the Plains.
“That just shows how much they care about South Florida really,” Hicks said. “To come and get the Miami Central’s and Miami Jackson kids and Southridge kids coming out is big because we can show Auburn all the talent we have down here.
“I’m going to participate in the camp, but I’m mostly going to try to talk to the coaches and get their point of view on me committing, just get to know them better.”
The Miami connection is important for Hicks for more than just next month’s camp however as his bond with Auburn sophomore cornerback Carlton Davis is one of the big reasons why he he chose the Tigers in the first place. Talking to his former high school teammate about Auburn, Hicks said it makes him feel even better about his decision.
“What made me commit is that Auburn has always been a dream school for me and I’m very close with Carlton Davis,” Hicks said. “I went to school with him at Norland before I transferred to Booker T.
“He is talking good about the program,” Hicks added added. “He said Auburn is a nice place to be and they’ve got a nice fanbase. He tells me pretty much all good stuff.”
As for Auburn being his dream school, Hicks said the reason for that comes from his love of watching former Tiger Cassanova McKinzy play the last four seasons.
“I have been watching him since he was a freshman,” Hicks said. “He was one of the first linebackers that I saw play. He went from middle linebacker to defensive end, all of that.”
While he hasn’t made a position move, Hicks has gotten bigger and stronger since his sophomore season. Playing at around 205 last fall, he said he’s currently up to 6-2, 225 as he heads into what should be a busy summer. In addition to his Auburn camp on June 10 he said he plans to visit the Plains on June 27 to take a look at the campus and facilities.