Hickman Nearing A Decision?

This week Hargrave Military Academy held its annual combine and fullback Cedric Hickman performed very well in front of the nearly 200 college coaches.

"The combine was great for me," Cedric Hickman told Pack Pride. "I ran a 4.42 in my first 40, and I ran a 4.52 on the second run. I also had a 4.42 in the shuttle. I didn't do the vertical jump, but I did 225 pounds ten times on the bench.

"There were a lot of college coaches there. I talked to the coaches from NC State, Florida, Ole Miss, UCONN, and USC. They just talked about how well I did and how they are interested in me."

Hickman, a three-star prospect according to Scout.com, has already picked up offers from NC State, East Carolina, UCONN, and South Florida. He believes that two SEC programs are close to extending offers as well.

"I have offers from UCONN, NC State, East Carolina, and the University of South Florida," Hickman said. "I think Florida and Ole Miss may offer. They both were talking about maybe playing outside linebacker or fullback for them. I may take a visit there, it just depends on the trip to NC State and how much time I have."

NC State, who officially offered Hickman over Thanksgiving break, will host the talented fullback this weekend. A Winston-Salem, North Carolina product, Hickman is very interested in the in-state Wolfpack.

"I go to NC State this Friday," he said. "I talked to coach Cignetti this week about the visit. They are talking to me about coming in and playing fullback. They don't have a true fullback on their roster now so they have to use a tight end at that spot.

"That situation would be very good for me. I could start at fullback as a true freshman without redshirting. I'd be blocking for Andre Brown, Toney Baker, and maybe even Blackman. I know Andre Brown is really good because he was at Hargrave, and Darrell Blackman was at Hargrave. I saw Toney Baker play in high school, and I know he's real good too. It would be a good place for me."

Although NC State's increased interest has caught Hickman's attention, his recruitment is far from over. He has already visited Connecticut, and the upstart Big East program impressed him.

"I just came back from UCONN," Hickman said. "It was nice up there. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It just snowed the last day I was there. I thought it would snow the whole time but it didn't. I like the coaches there too, and they are recruiting me the hardest."

A three-year starter at tailback for North Forsyth High School, Hickman made the transition to fullback after enrolling at Hargrave. Standing 6-foot-3 and 235-pounds, he is a natural at the position and had a strong season.

"The season was good," he said. "I finished with 11 touchdowns and over 100 yards. The switching into blocking was the hardest part, but now I'm used to it. If I do my job, the running backs will get into the endzone and that's almost like me scoring. I have people looking at me after I open big holes for the running backs."

Hickman has his grades in order and is set to enroll at the college of his choice for the spring semester. Because he is looking to make a quick decision, his trip to NC State could be the last.

"That might be the last visit," Hickman said. "I'm looking to decide around December 16th because I am enrolling next semester. It will either be before I leave Hargrave that day or after I leave Hargrave and get back home. I'm enrolling in January at whatever school I go to.

"I don't know if I will need to visit anyone besides NC State. If I do it will probably be Florida or Ole Miss."

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