Miami, Fla.--A physical defensive end prospect that committed to Auburn in February, talented 2018 Booker T. Washington standout Robert Hicks was one of over 100 prospects on hand Friday morning for the Mecca Camp, a joint venture by Auburn and Miami-Dade area high school coaches. Working with the Auburn staff and getting a chance to showcase his skills, Hicks was one of the top players in attendance regardless of position and has a huge amount up upside moving forward.
The person that knows Hicks best is his head coach at Booker T. Washington, Tim Harris. One of the most successful coaches and guiding a powerhouse at Booker T., Harris said he likes what he continues to see from Hicks and believes Auburn is going to get a very good player from him in 2018.
"His ability to lead has really stepped up and I think that's helping his game continue to grow to the next level," Harris said. "Once you want to be a leader you're willing to learn, you're willing to sacrifice and put the team first. That makes you better all-around and I think it's helping him grow.
"One of the things I talked about was not coaching his effort," Harris added. "His effort is on-point, you don't have to teach him how to finish. That's the key right now. All we're trying to do as coaches is continuing to work with our fundamentals and his techniques and continue to get him growing and going. It's early in the summer, but we like what we saw yesterday in camp at Miami and then what we saw today working with the Auburn staff."