Sean Hickey has been torn between Illinois, Boston College and Syracuse since mid summer. He visited Boston College recently, and he made the trek from Pennsylvania to vist the Illini last weekend. It was a tiring but productive trip.
"I had a late game Friday night. I had about 2 and 1/2 hours of sleep. I got up early to take a flight to Chicago, then to Champaign. It was a long trip. I didn't get much sleep."
Hickey made it in time for the 11:00am start of the Michigan State vs. Illinois Homecoming game. He describes the rest of his weekend.
"I talked to all the coaches on Saturday. I took a quick academic thing after the game and talked to the athletic support staff. We went out to dinner, and then I spent time with some of the linemen and some of the other players.
"Sunday we met with all the coaches and talked about football. I got to meet Coach Lou (Strength and Conditioning Coach Hernandez), and I got to watch a little bit of film. Then I talked to Coach Zook."
He spent quality time with his recruiting coach Jim Pry, and he went over the Illini offensive line with assistant coach Joe Gilbert. He was impressed with the line play.
"I got to sit down with Coach Gilbert, and we got to go over the offense. On film, I believe they're a very good offensive line. There were just a couple little miscues here and there."
Hickey didn't make it home until 11:30 Sunday evening. What did he think of the weekend?
"It was great. I liked it alot. It was a great trip."
With officials to Boston College and Illinois now complete, will he still make a visit to Syracuse?
"We're still talking this week about Syracuse, deciding what the next course of action is gonna be. I'll know a little bit better later on in the week.
"If I feel good about picking one of the three schools, I might just do that. Or, if I don't think I'll be making a decision this week, I'll make it after the season. If so, I'll put that trip on hold until after the season."
The 6'-6", 300 pounder explains part of his dilemma.
"All three of these schools have great people. That's the tough part about it."
Franklin Regional High School is having a successful season in Hickey's senior year.
"We're 4-2 right now, and if we work hard and win out, we can get the home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Which is a big goal."
For those unfamiliar with Murrysville and Franklin Regional, Hickey provides a geography lesson.
"There are four divisions in Pennsylvania, and we're 3A. We're like the biggest 3A school. We're on the borderline between 3A and 4A. The next town over is Monroeville, where national power Gateway is located. Also next to us is Jeannette, where Terrelle Pryor went to school. There's a lot of good football in Western Pennsylvania."
Hickey isn't sure what career he hopes to pursue after football, but he appreciated the Illinois academic staff.
"I will enter college undecided on a major. But the academic counselors with the football team were tremendous. They were very encouraging."
He might have an interest in becoming a movie critic.
"I'm a big movie buff. I just love it."