Class of 2005 Prospect - MS DL Danny Hicks

Danny Hicks (Pelahatchie High School, 6-1, 285, 5.0), after earning first-team 1A All-Region this past season, is a player that could wind up being one of the top defensive linemen in the state of Mississippi with another good year this coming season.

Danny Hicks Profile:

Pelahatchie High School, a small school just a few miles southeast of Jackson, Mississippi, is usually one of the elite teams in the 1A classification. And despite how small the school is, it's not unusual for them to produce a D-I prospect every few years.

This year's candidate is defensive lineman Danny Hicks, a 6-1, 285-pounder with 5.0 speed in the forty, a 385 bench press and a 500 squat to his credit.

According to Hicks, he is receiving letters from a couple of colleges.

"I'm receiving letters from (Mississippi) State and Notre Dame," said Hicks, a starter on his high school team since he was a freshman.

Now, don't let the lack of letters fool you, because, according to Pelahatchie coach Bill Ward, colleges have been visiting his school on a regular basis. Hicks agrees.

"I've had a bunch of coaches come see me like Jackson State, Alcorn (State), Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Mississippi State," said Hicks. "I can't even remember all of the ones that have come through."

As for camps, Hicks has one school that he is definitely camping at and a couple others he will probably to to for camp.

"I'm planning on going to Mississippi State," said Hicks. "And probably Ole Miss. I may also go to Southern Miss."

Hicks, the top powerlifter in the state in his weight class and school classification, also has a list of favorite schools.

"Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, LSU, Grambling State, Louisiana Tech and Notre Dame are my favorites," said Hicks.

Although he's not that well known among the recruiting analysts at the moment, based on the number of college coaches that have come by his school, it's obvious the college coaches have definitely heard of him. So, don't be surprised if this very bright (3.5 gpa) and very strong youngster with good size and speed becomes a hot item on the recruiting websites once the fall football season rolls around.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher/owner of Gene's Page (, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by email at

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