RB Hicks Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Palmetto (Fla.) running back Josh Hicks is the first member of the Rutgers class of 2014. Hicks has multiple ties to Rutgers and has had the Scarlet Knights as a leader since an early summer visit. Hicks went 1-on-1 with ScarletReport.com about his reasons for picking Rutgers and the timing for his commitment.

Palmetto (Fla.) 2014 running back Josh Hicks was ready to verbally commit to Rutgers four months ago. Loving every minute of his camp experience, the powerful back did not commit on site based on the advice of multiple parties.

Hicks took the advice of his head coach, a Rutgers graduate, and waited to learn more about the process. After more visits, including a trip to Alabama, nothing changed. Continuing contact with the Rutgers staff and watching the 7-0 season, Hicks made his decision final this week.

"It felt like the right time to do it," Hicks said. "When I was up there, it was like a new experience and I wanted to experience new things. I felt like one of the players and I kept feeling that way after. They made me feel like home and they're my No. 1 school. … I thought about it for a few months, but nothing changed."

Hicks' head coach, Dave Marino, is a Rutgers graduate and fully supported his talented junior's decision.

"He was excited for me," he said. "He just wanted me to find a good school. He loves Rutgers, so he said I should commit if I still want to."

Hicks earned a Rutgers verbal offer during June camp, where he was one of the top underclassmen on campus. The three-star 2014 prospect worked closely with running backs coach Norries Wilson and named tight ends Darnell Dinkins as one of his favorite coaches.

"I loved it," Hicks said. "It was a great place and mostly, I just fell in love with the people up there and the coaches. It's a great place. It makes me smile thinking about when I was there and I want to go back."

Hicks said Rutgers fans will not have to look far to find comparisons to his game, quickly naming Ray Rice and Jawan Jamison as two of the players after which he models his game.

"It will be awesome, playing at Ray Rice's school will be an honor," Hicks said. "I want to be like Ray Rice someday. I think I'm going to remind a lot of people of him."

Hicks was in attendance at Raymond James Stadium for the Rutgers victory over South Florida to open the Big East season. He also watched the thrilling road victory over Arkansas on television.

In the two games Hicks saw, the Rutgers running game excelled with Jamison shining in both.

"I was impressed," Hicks said of the USF game. "I loved it. I just like the way the offense is run all the time. [Jamison] gets to be the star up there with his spin moves and everything. We run the same offense as Rutgers, so it wouldn't be so hard to adjust."

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