Unsure of which direction he was headed following his visit to UT last weekend, Hicks said Saturday, "I just knew it was time."
"I chose Texas because when I took my visit there, it felt like home. It just felt right when I was down there."
"It's a place I can go for four years and get a good education and play great football with great players."
Being "close enough to home" was just icing on the cake for him.
"Coach Brown told me I have the whole staff happy about it."
Hicks declared he will not be making any visits elsewhere.
"This is like a marriage," he said. "I'm solid to Texas."