Northwest (Wichita, Kansas) High School defensive end Marcus Hicks had an eventful trip to Lawrence for the Kansas annual spring game.
He watched the game, mingled with staff and left with a new offer.
“Coach Beaty wanted to see me, and he told me right there,” Hicks said. “I was pretty shocked, really. I wasn’t expecting it at all. It felt good to be offered by him.”
The 2019 prospect also got quality time with Kansas director of football strength and conditioning, Zac Woodfin.
“It was really nice,” Hicks said. “I got to meet with a lot of new people, including their new strength coach. He spoke with me a long time about how he wants to help their players become better people and players on the field.”
The play on the field also stood out to Hicks.
“I liked the intensity,” he said. “I can see how ready they were to get on the field and for football season to come back around.”
The 6-foot-5, 220 pound defensive end has offers from Kansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Missouri.
“I feel like I’m really good off the ball. Because of my length, I feel like I can keep the offensive linemen off me,” Hicks said about his strengths on the field. I can use that to my advantage. I’m also fast for my size, which helps with pass rushing.
He looks to improve on his mobility and ability to change direction as he moves into his junior season at Northwest.
He knows what he’s looking for at the next level.
“Big part of it is academics,” Hicks said. “Academics is really important for me, to have something to fall back on after football.”
He plans to camp at Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Missouri this summer.
“Very excited,” Hicks said about his summer plans.