California Line Prospect Has NU Offer, Plans Visit

You might think 6-4, 250 lb. Bakersfield, CA offensive line prospect is a bit undersized as a major college line prospect. Jacob Hickman doesn't think so, and neither does Nebraska offensive line coach Dennis Wagner, who was intrigued enough by Hickman's potential to extend a scholarship offer a couple of months ago. Jacob is planning to check out the scene in Lincoln, will he be impressed enough to commit?

As a sophomore, Jacob Hickman played at 275 pounds. Not satisfied with his speed at that weight, he dropped down to 235 pounds as a junior. He will play his senior season at somewhere around 250 pounds, and knows that his frame is large enough to add weight rather quickly and easily once he gets into a college nutrition and training program. In the meantime, he believes it is important that he play at a weight that best helps his team, allowing him to utilize speed and quickness.

That frame, along with his speed and quickness, is what has coaching staffs at schools such as Nebraska, UCLA, and Arizona intrigued. All three have extended offers, and Jacob has received attention from a host of others, including Washington, Washington State, and Arizona State. Jacob said that at this point he really has things narrowed down to the previously-mentioned three - - but claims no leaders. Having already visited Arizona and UCLA earlier this year, he is planning a trip to the Midwest with his father and brother - - which will include a side trip to Lincoln for a July 30th visit. Once he gets back to California, Jacob intends to sit down and weigh the pros and cons of each school, and come up with a leader. If he is comfortable with his choice, he will likely verbally commit shortly after the start of the school year - - allowing him to focus on his senior year.

So what about Nebraska has Jacob interested? Start off with the prestige of the program, but as Jacob noted, "There are plenty of good things to say about Nebraska." He is eager to meet the new coaching staff, and has heard about the planned new facilities. The location is attractive, as his brother is a student at Missouri Western in St. Joseph - - a short 2-3 hour drive from Lincoln.

Jacob is currently working out five days a week as part of his team conditioning program. In addition, he is rehabbing a broken fibula suffered at the Nike Combine at Stanford University - - which ultimately required surgery. Slated to be fully recovered by the end of August, Jacob is already qualified with a 3.4 GPA and an impressive 1250 SAT score.

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