Iowa recognized Darian Hicks' talent early on in the process, offering the 2013 cornerback a scholarship midway through his junior year. The Hawkeyes, however, weren't the only ones to see something special in the Solon (Ohio) High product.
Hicks reports 11 scholarship offers, including Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State and West Virginia. Two schools who have not yet offered him an opportunity stand out at this point, however.
"I really like Ohio State and Michigan," the 6-foot-, 175-pounder said. "I think I stand pretty high on their boards. I'm going to Ohio State on Tuesday and Michigan on Friday. I'm hoping at least one of them offers me."
Of the schools that have offered him a scholarship, Hicks said he favors Michigan State, Penn State and Illinois. He said he plans to camp at Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan and South Carolina this summer.
Scout.com ranks Hicks as a three-star recruit on its five-star scale. The service pegs him as the 29th best player at his position nationally.
"I really want to find a place where the coaches have a strong bond with the players," Hicks said. "I also would like them to play with a lot of intensity."
Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz is leading the program's recruitment of Hicks, he said.
"I have a good relationship with him," Hicks said. "They said they like how I play and my speed. They like that I can make plays on offense, defense and special teams. They like my attributes as an athlete."