Hicks visited several of those schools recently. He went to Kansas and Kansas State for their spring games, then Oklahoma State, Missouri and Toledo in recent weeks.
Oklahoma State has the distinction of being Hicks' first offer.
"I got that first offer going into my sophomore year," he said. "It was definitely unexpected. I wasn't planning on any offers that summer, I was just going to learn from college coaches and get better."
Later this month, he attends camps at Ohio State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Alabama. He still has a lot of time to figure out where he will go for college. He does already have an idea, however, of what he wants in the right fit.
"I'm looking a lot for academics, what strength and conditioning is like, how they get their players bigger and their plans for them for after college," Hicks said.