It has been a long journey but linebacker Cedric Hickman has finally made it to NC State.
After his days at North Forsyth High School in Winston Salem, N.C. were complete, Hickman spent time at Hargrave Military Academy. He had intended to show up at NC State in January for the spring semester but things didn't work out.
"I'm finally up here," said Hickman. "I got here a couple of weeks ago on a Tuesday, and I've just been getting settled. I'm starting to get into a good routine. It's just nice to be up here and in college."
At 6-3 and 230-pounds, Hickman was originally recruited as a fullback, but the Wolfpack staff has already made a change.
"They're going to have me play outside linebacker instead of fullback," he said. "It's good that I got up here early so I could prepare myself for that. In the 7-on-7's we've had things have gone pretty well. Everybody looks real good. I'm just going to have to adjust to linebacker, but college is a whole different level no matter where you play. The biggest thing is going to be just getting my reads down."
Hickman had a prolific high school career at West Forsyth and received offers from UConn, East Carolina and South Florida before committing to NC State.
The move to linebacker is not only a result of the Pack's need at the position. It is due in part to Hickman's potential there. With a strong build and the quickness any coach could use at linebacker, Hickman could get on the field sooner than he might have as a fullback.
"I've talked to a lot of the guys and started to get pretty close to some of them since I've been here. They've all been real up-front with me. They told me that moving to linebacker would be good for me because it means I'll be able to get on the field a lot sooner. I would be at State even if the coaches hadn't made the change, but I'm getting excited about the season more because of it."
Hickman plans on sharing a room with offensive lineman Curtis Crouch and one other player that has yet to be named.
Hickman was rated the No. 46 running back in the country and a three-star prospect by Scout.com. Hickman started for three seasons at tailback for North Forsyth prior to moving to fullback at Hargrave. In his prep season, he rushed for 100 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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