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."
"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."
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."