CHICAGO, IL - After a solid senior season, Justin Hickman gave a verbal commitment to the University of New Mexico and planned to make the Lobos program his home for the next four years.
But circumstances back in Chicago consipired against him and Hickman had to return home to help his mother with some family responsibilities.
Still, at 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, Hickman is tailored made to play the outside linebacker position at the Division I or (Football Bowl Subdivision) and has drawn the interest of Michigan State.
"My head coach (Fred Fimbres) has been talking to them (Michigan State) about me. He told me that they seem to be interested in me. He never told me how much interest they have, so we haven't set up a date for a visit yet," explained Hickman.
"As soon as I can get in touch with some of their coaches, I'd love to set up a visit."
Hickman is expected to be the star of the College of DuPage's defense. He'll play the outside for the Chapparrals.
"Justin is a bounceback from New Mexico and we were stoked when we found out he would be coming here," Fimbres told JCFootball.com. "He's a very physical player and at 6-3.5, 235-pounds, he's runs a sub-4.6 and that's just flying for a guy that size.
"He's a redshirt freshman, so he's going to be able to sign with someone in December and he'll have three to play three. He's already got schools from across the Big 10, the Big 12 and some other conferences looking at him."
Coming out of high school, he had offers from New Mexico, Mississippi State, Central Michigan and Air Force and drew interest from Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Louisville, Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
One of the reasons that Hickman has serious interest in Michigan State is the way they've cared for one of his closest friend, offensive lineman Arthur Ray.
"I have a friend who goes to Michigan State named Arthur Ray and I've watched and noticed how Michigan State has really taken care of him.
A lot of coaches just coach football and that's it, but that's not the way Michigan State handled Arthur. I'm very impressed with them."
Since Hickman bounced back from New Mexico, he says interest in him has really picked up.
"Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas State, Baylor, Indiana and New Mexico have all stopped by. I'd be pretty interested in finding out more about Michigan State," he said.
Hickman told GSN he intended to contact the MSU coaching staff to see if he could set up a visit in the next week or so.
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