From watching just two open practices, it’s clear the offensive line will be a work-in-progress quite possibly this entire season.
While Hickey does not hold an offer from the Mustangs just yet, he was at SMU’s junior day on March 21 and received some good news from offensive line coach Dustin Fry.
“I walk in and all of the coaches knew who I was,” Hickey said. “Coach Fry really talked to me a lot and said he really liked the way I play, but just to be patient and an offer should be coming soon enough.”
The junior offensive lineman also had the chance to talk to Head Coach Chad Morris who emphasized SMU’s family atmosphere, which is something Hickey is looking for in a school.
“He’s a real great guy. He’s big on family too,” Hickey said. “He told me that SMU is a great place to be, obviously, but I just really liked when he talked about everyone being a family.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Hickey has visited the SMU campus and attended SMU football games in the past, but after spending just one day with the new staff, he’s already impressed by the changes he has seen.
“I went to a game last fall and now it’s like night and day different,” Hickey said. “The tempo is up. Just everything is changing.”
Fry told Hickey the offensive line coach plans to make a trip out to watch him this spring, and Hickey believes that could be when he finally picks up his SMU offer.
For now, Coach Fry passed along an open invitation to Hickey to stop by the Hilltop whenever, so the Godley native plans on making it to SMU’s spring game on April 18.
Besides SMU, Hickey continues to here from a number of P5 schools, including Arizona State and TCU. The big man holds offers from Colorado State, Duke, Illinois, Northwestern and Toledo, but Hickey believes when coaches come out to watch him this spring, more offers will be presented to him.
Hickey also admits his decision could come in a month, or in 6 months, but he will know when the time is right.
“I’ll make my decision whenever I feel like I’ve found a place that feels like home,” Hickey explained. “(I’m looking for) a place where I feel like I could spend the next four years of my life and enjoy being there with the players and coaches.”