After originally committing to Houston, Hicks is excited to join the Mustangs and this new coaching staff.
“First off it’s a great school, but the deciding factor for me was just the comfort I felt with the coaching staff, personality wise it was just a great fit for me and my family so I’m very happy about the decision,” said Hicks.
Hicks had offers from Texas Tech, as well as Houston, but ultimately felt like SMU’s new up-tempo offense was the perfect fit for him.
“That’s what I did at high school, the offense that we ran at high school and the offense that coach Morris runs is a perfect fit,” said Hicks, “I watched coach Morris at Clemson and what he did at Lake Travis, you know I just thought it was the perfect fit, family wise, just everything I thought it was the perfect fit.”
The newest SMU commit admitted the personable nature of Chad Morris and his staff also played a big role in his decision to choose the Mustangs.
“He was very persistent about telling me how much he wanted me but he didn’t do it in an annoying way, or a cocky way,” said Hicks, “What he really said to me that made me feel wanted was how badly they wanted to coach me and get to know me better and just how they handled recruiting me these last couple weeks.”
Morris sold Hicks on being able to compete right away for the starting job, but the Elite 11 runner-up said it's on him.
“He thinks I can come and do what I need to do and hopefully take over the starting job, but at the college level they can say that all they want," Hicks said. "At the end of the day, I’m going to have to go to Dallas and win the job myself. It’s what you do when you get your opportunity.”
The Waco Midway quarterback will also be a January enrollee, something that should allow him to get a better grasp on college life and this fast paced offense.
“It’s huge, I get to get in there early and get school started earlier than most freshman and then I get a head start on the playing process, I’m just excited to get down to SMU and start working,” said Hicks.
“I’m excited to get to work with them," Hicks said. "I think coach Morris can really recruit and I think even now, we’re going to turn this program around.”
Another big factor for Hicks was the educational opportunity he would be provided at SMU.
“I want to major in business and I think the business school at SMU is tremendous, they’re going to provide me with what I want to study and I think I could be very successful in the business school and I think it will be a good fit for me too,” said Hicks.
Even after SMU's 1-11 season, Hicks said it was easy to buy into turning a program around.
“It’s faith in a coach. It’s faith in a university. I think we can do great things with the coach that we have. I’m a very competitive person," Hicks said. "I like challenges and this is a great challenge and I want to be the guy that turns the program around.”
The 6’1 194 pound quarterback decided to back out of his commitment with Houston after the Cougars fired head coach Tony Levine.
Hicks admitted the last couple of weeks have been hard but is excited to be a part of the rebuilding process at SMU.
“It was very hectic and very stressful but that’s why I have my family to help me out, and my friends to help me out just being there for me,” said Hicks, “Just a lot of people there to help me out, but I think we made the right decision it’s just been very stressful and very hectic.”
Now that the process is over, the Waco quarterback is just excited to get back on the field and get back to work for his new team.
“I’m just excited to get back to work, I’m a very competitive person and I miss the competition of things, being back in the competition is going to be fun, I’m just ready to turn this program around.”
Finally, Hicks wants SMU fans to know that the losing ways are in the past.
"If there's one thing I can promise SMU fans is we're not going to be 1-11 next year."