Number signed at this position over the last two years...4
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...low
Has the Pack met their needs based on sheer numbers... A
Headed into the 2005 season, it was a given that recruiting the running back position would be a tough sell at best given the emergence of tailbacks Toney Baker and Andre Brown. The Pack did want to land a solid fullback prospect and accomplished that goal when they inked FB Cedric Hickman from Hargrave Military Academy.
Did the Pack get their top prospects... B
NC State offered just two running back prospects, Hickman and Cary's Josh Adams. In the end, the lure of early playing time at Wake Forest was a major factor in swaying Adams to the Demon Deacons.
The Pack hasn't had a true fullback in it's offense in years, choosing to employ a tight end in the backfield as a lead blocker, instead. State set out to change that in 2005 and targeted one of the top fullbacks around in Hickman.
At 6-3 230 pounds, Hickman is a load and has been timed as fast as 4.52-seconds in the 40-yard dash. He was responsible for 11 touchdowns at Hargrave. During his junior year at N Forsyth High School, Hickman rushed for 1,648 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a senior, he totaled 836 yards and six touchdowns.
Most impressive with Hickman is his frame, speed and toughness. He was a key player in the Hargrave running game this past year and could figure equally important to the NC State rushing attack over the coming years.
His hard-nosed style and willingness to take on defenders at the point of attack could pay dividends down the road but should also free the Pack coaches up to leave TE Anthony Hill at his natural position. Hickman also has quick feet and has proven to be an effective runner which could make him a running threat, especially in short yardage situations.
With offers from East Carolina, Connecticut, South Florida, Marshall, Temple, Kent State and Illinois, Hickman had widespread appeal among recruiters and may prove to be one of those "under the radar" type commitments that becomes a key contributor for the Pack down the road.