|School:||Edmondson-Westside HS, Baltimore, MD|
"I have an offer still from Penn State and I have offers coming in the fall from Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia," said Hicks. "I have to finish this year off strong as far as my grades and they said that I'll have a scholarship then."
Mark took the SAT on May 3 and is still awaiting the results. Is the offer from Penn State contingent upon his grades?
"I'm not sure, but they've already offered me face-to-face and in a letter."
The face-to-face meeting came in March when Hicks visited Penn State for a junior day.
"They (PSU) just told me to keep my grades up, stay focused and hit the weight room because by the time I get there, the spot will be open for middle linebacker and just for me to show them what I showed them on tape this year and hopefully do it once I get there to play, or wherever I go."
What did the letter from Penn State say?
"It said they were offering me a full athletic scholarship, the highest grant, covering room, board, tuition, things like that."
Mark returned to Penn State in April to participate in the Nike Camp run by TheInsiders.com's own Student Sports.
"It was a very nice experience, but I don't think I did too well because I didn't have any cleats at the time. I had tennis shoes on. I ran a 4.9 40. I weighed in at 223 and was measured at 5'10 1/2"."
According to Mark, he normally runs a 4.7 40-yard dash.
"I was trying to cut it down, but with me not running and mostly lifting weights, that was probably a problem as far as me running a 4.9."
Three teams currently comprise his list of early favorites.
"Right now, it's between Maryland, Penn State and Tennessee."
Mark has visited both Penn State and Maryland and plans on attending Maryland's football camp this year.
Coach Larry Johnson is recruiting Mark for Penn State as an inside linebacker.
"It's a very nice atmosphere to live in," Mark said about Penn State. "It's quiet. There's not a lot of noise around, so you're going to get the opportunity to get what you need to get and learn what you need to learn to get your degree. Also, they have a high graduation rate for African Americans."
Mark is not planning to make his final decision until the next calendar year.