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Gophers defensive lineman signee Noah Hickcox wants to beat the Badgers from Wisconsin more than any other team

Rockford (Ill.) Boylan Central Catholic defensive lineman and new Gopher signee Noah Hickcox is the latest Gopher to sign in the 2017 class and he went in-depth with GopherIllustrated.com to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota.

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GopherIllustrated.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Gopher staff like you to report at this summer?

Noah HickcoxMy current height and weight is 6'4 278 lbs, and I haven't been told a specific weight that I had to be at when I report, so I do not know.

GopherIllustrated.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

NH: My individual goals is to be the best teammate I can be to those around me, lead by example, and keep my promise that I made to my dad by being able to take care of my family.  My team goal is to be a bigger family than we already are, take over the Big 10 and win a national championship.

GopherIllustrated.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?

NH: I'm working most on my pass rush moves, getting faster off the ball, and having quick hands and moving laterally faster.

GopherIllustrated.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Gopher?

NH: Holding up the rivalry trophies that my family and I are going to take away.

GopherIllustrated.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?

NH: Coach Fleck is one of the main reasons, as well as such an amazing academic opportunity.

GopherIllustrated.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?

NH: I want to beat Wisconsin the most because I was raised a Badger fan, and now getting to play against them, I can't wait to beat them.

GopherIllustrated.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?

NH: I'm all set to enroll.

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GopherIllustrated.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

NH: At a high school, teaching school and young athletes, developing them into amazing football talent.

GopherIllustrated.com: What is it about Coach Fleck and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

NH: It's the culture that they have set up and enforce, they have a certain energy and passion that I've never seen a coaching staff have and I can't wait to play for them.

GopherIllustrated.com: What is something you learned about University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?

NH: I've never heard of their under ground tunnel system for the winter, I thought that was really cool.

GopherIllustrated.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?

NH: I'm expecting to play both a 5 technique DE and a 3 technique DT, and I haven't heard of any other position from any coaches.

GopherIllustrated.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

NH: They expect me to come in and make an impact right away, but it is up to me whether or not I make that impact. 

GopherIllustrated.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?

NH: And all of us recruits talk in the group chat we have everyday, not about specifically anything but just a lot of guys talking like brothers.

GopherIllustrated.com: What player do you model your game after and why?

NH: I model JJ Watt because his work ethic is unmatched and I love the way he plays the game, I'm excited to see his return next year.


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