2012 Defender Camped at UF

It's always difficult to find the really athletic and nasty defensive linemen that are ready to play in the SEC. Getting an early start on their recruitment is often key in eventually getting hem to sign with a program. That's why when a quality lineman like Blackshear (GA) Pierce County junior Quayvon Hicks comes to camp, coaches can't help but be delighted. Hicks made an early impression at UF.

The son of Melissa and Lucas Hicks, Quayvon Hicks is a sturdy 6-2, 257 pound athletic defensive lineman that brings quickness and agility along with a lot of strength to the field. Along with all of that, Hicks brings an intelligence to the field that allows him to learn quickly and adapt when he needs to, something Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney liked.

"My son is very respectful and coachable," Melissa Hicks said earlier this week. "He is very humble and is one of the type of kids that if you tell him something he really pays attention. He is very adaptable to what is going on. That is what Coach McCarney liked about him, he said that Quayvon listens and is very coachable."

It is easy to hear the pride in mom's voice when talking about her son as she continued on about his playing style.

"He is very aggressive for being such a big guy," she said. "He is fast and when it comes down to it he is determined to do whatever needs to be done to get the win. He is always running and chasing somebody."

Hicks recently spent time on the campuses of Florida and Alabama. He attended a NIKE camp in Alabama where he earned camp honors.

"I've been to Alabama and Florida so far," Quayvon Hicks said. "It was very intense and a different experience for me at the NIKE camp. I was the best underclassman lineman there at the camp."

He attended the position camp at Florida and was impressed with everything the Gators had to offer.

"I believe that Florida is a great school and I enjoyed myself," he said. "It was a nice campus. The coaching was wonderful and it really fit me. I feel like I could fit in as an athlete. They liked me as a defensive end or defensive tackle, Coach White said maybe even as a linebacker."

"They want me back on Friday Night Lights on July 23. They said if I do good against the guys they offered, then they would offer."

Hicks currently has one verbal offer and it is from another SEC school. The Tennessee Volunteers have already extended an offer for a full scholarship.

"Tennessee has offered me verbally," Hicks said. "They like my speed off the ball and they can tell I have a lot of growing to do."

Quayvon Hicks is well rounded, sporting a 3.3 GPA and an interest in Sports Medicine and Pharmacy at the college level, he also plays basketball, runs track, and wrestles. Hicks has been playing football for seven years and has started on varsity since the ninth grade.

It is still early in the process for Hicks, but he has an early idea of what he is looking for in a college program.

"I am looking for a good graduation rate and they need to have my major," he said. "I also want some early playing time."


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