One of the Lone Star State's top quarterbacks figures to be a busy man Wednesday.
"I'm expecting about a million calls," said Bandera's Brett Hicks of the first day college coaches can contact prospects via telephone this spring. "I should be hearing from Oklahoma State, Purdue, Boston College, North Texas and a few others, and I'd like to hear from Kentucky."
"My all-time favorite quarterback is Tim Couch," he said. "I started following Kentucky because of him."
Hicks also donned the No. 2 for his blue-clad Banderas squad. "They had to special order it for me because we didn't have a No. 2 jersey. I'm the first one to wear it here."
In addition to the schools previously cited, Hicks has drawn interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Rice, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Tulane. He camped at SMU and Texas Tech last summer, and is planning to attend some of the following this year: Oklahoma State, Auburn, Purdue, Boston College, Texas Tech.
"I want to go somewhere I can play, somewhere that throws a lot and will have a winning program," Hicks said.
The impressive list of major D-I programs have been drawn to Hicks (6-4, 185, 4.65) for his combination of passing skills and athleticism. As a junior, he led Bandera to a 9-2 record and the school's first 5-0 mark in district play by passing for 1,280 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushing for 475 yards and five more scores. He put those numbers up in only 34 quarters of action due to Bandera routing several opponents and a season-ending knee injury in the first round of the playoffs.
Hicks' knee has rehabbed well, and he's expected to be full speed in May.
Two recruiting specialists on TheInsiders network had high praise for Hicks' potential:
"He's an accurate passer, both in the pocket and throwing on the run," said Blue Chip Recruiting's Max Emfinger, who rated Hicks as a 5-star prospect. "He sets up fast with a quick release and can roll and throw from both sides.
"He's also a dangerous runner on the option, but he's not an option quarterback. He has all the tools to become a great college quarterback."
"Hicks displays great footwork in setting up in a three-to-five step drop and delivering the ball," said Heartland Recruiting's David Garvin, who labels Hicks the 'Bandera Bomber.' "He looked especially good in throwing the seam route, rolling out to either side and throwing on the run and great touch on deep balls."