Ohio Cornerback Plans March Visit To UI

The Fighting Illini continue to use their many connections in Ohio to recruit top prospects in that state. One of the latest to receive a scholarship offer from Illinois is Solon cornerback Darian Hicks. While the Illini may be fighting an uphill battle for his services, he plans to visit in March and is keeping an open mind.

Darian Hicks has added an impressive number of early verbal offers from colleges.

"I am being recruited by Boston College, Michigan State, Louisville, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Penn State, and Illinois. I like Michigan State a lot."

The Solon, Ohio, cornerback enjoyed an outstanding junior season last fall.

"It went good, we were 10-2. And it also went good for me; I had six touchdowns—3 on kickoff returns, 2 on receiving catches and 1 fumble recovery."

Hicks talks about his strengths and weaknesses as a defensive back.

"My strengths are my speed, ball skills, athleticism, and size. A weakness I have is my footwork, and I have to find a comfortable stance at corner."

His best attribute might be his leadership qualities.

"I help out my team everywhere I can, show them their mistakes and help them correct it. If someone makes a bad play and coaches get on them for it and they take it hard, I calm them down and help them get back up and do the next play right."

The 6'-0", 175 pounder is seeking a college that matches his vision for his future.

"I will look at their facilities, if I could see myself playing there, and how could I contribute. I want a great education, winning team, a place where I belong, and a place where I can help win a national championship."

Steve Clinkscale is recruiting Hicks for Illinois. They are beginning to develop a good relationship.

"I don't know him very well yet, but so far I think he is a great guy."

Hicks hoped to attend Sunday's Illini Junior Day, but he had to postpone it until March 10th. What other visits is he planning for the near future?

"I'm going to Ohio State's and Michigan's spring practices."

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