The recruiting momentum continues to build for head coach Mike Sherman and his staff as the Aggies landed their No. 16 commitment of 2010 and the No. 12 in less than a month. This past Saturday at Texas A&M's annual Maroon & White Game, Hutto (TX) defensive end Nehemiah Hicks told the coaches he wanted to join the party in College Station and committed to Texas A&M.
"Yes, I committed to Texas A&M. It felt like the right time for me," Hicks said. "Every time I come to A&M my feelings grow stronger for the University. It's awesome."
Ultimately Hick's decision was down to Oklahoma and Texas A&M. The Aggies were the first school to offer the Hutto standout a scholarship, and they showed the most interest in him during his recruiting journey. After attending Oklahoma's junior day the week before, Hicks left Norman uncommitted with the thoughts of Aggieland on his mind.
"I think OU is a good school and all but it's far from my family and I want them to see me play and be there to celebrate a big win with me," said Hicks.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end fell in love with the atmosphere at A&M, and his comfort level with the Aggie coaching staff was the key factor in his decision to play for Mike Sherman.
"The coaches were so down to earth and I know that they would never lie to me," Hicks said. "It's like a big family at A&M and my family really loved that too."
Nehemiah's goals while at A&M are to get his degree and win a national championship. Hicks also touched on the old Aggie Wrecking Crew and how he wants to revive that mentality and dominance he grew up hearing about.
"I want to bring back that old school Wrecking Crew," Hicks said. "The staff wants to get back to being aggressive and sacking the quarterback. That fits my style."
Trent Hunter was a player that stood out for Hicks during his visits to Aggieland. "Trent is a great guy and very talented. He is the kind of leader I want to be like," Hicks said. "He's only a freshman and making a big impact which is something I'd like to do."
Hicks is working with his counselors at the moment in the hopes of graduating early.
"It is a goal for me to start as a freshman. The coaches were telling me I could come in and make a huge impact, and I really liked hearing that," Hicks said. "They do a really good job recruiting."
With their No. 16 commit, the Aggies added yet another fast, quick defensive end which signals the desire to add speed and a better pass rush in the future. Hicks also plays tight end at Hutto and the offensive side of the ball could be an option, but for now he'll be asked to create pressure off the edge and get to the quarterback.
Hicks Discusses His Recent Commitment
Aggie Digest Top Stories
Game Week Media: Week 4 Arkansas (Players)The Texas A&M Aggies are preparing to face off with Arkansas Saturday in Dallas. A group of Aggie players were made available Tuesday during the weekly press conference.
Aggie DigestWednesday at 5:32 AM
Game Week Media: Week 4 Arkansas (Coaches)The Texas A&M Aggies have a showdown in Dallas this week with Arkansas. Several coaches and players met with the media Tuesday in advance of their second conference game.
Aggie DigestWednesday at 5:11 AM
A Peek Ahead: ArkansasThe Aggies face off with the Arkansas Razorbacks next weekend in AT&T Stadium. Here is a peek ahead at what the Razorbacks are coming off of heading into game week.
Post Game Media: AuburnThe Texas A&M Aggies won a gritty Saturday night SEC showdown with Auburn 29-16. The Aggies and Tigers met with the media following the game, here is a wrap up of all of the post…