"Jordan is a special, special young man. As good a player as he is, he is an even better person. He's got what coaches call ‘it'. He has a wow factor, a presence about him," said Coach Cox.
Coach Cox knows he has a special player as the 6-2, 210-pound will linebacker just earned First Team All State honors as a junior. He is the first Lakota area player ever to receive the honor before his senior year. Hicks recorded 70 tackles, 4 sacks, and 2 interceptions for the Firebirds.
College coaches sure are taking note. Cox said that coaches from across the country are streaming through his office including the likes of Ohio State, Florida, Georgia, USC, Alabama, Duke, and Stanford.
"Coach Muschamp from Texas is going to come up and see one of Jordan's basketball games in December," Cox said.
So just how interested is Hicks in the Longhorns? Well, Hicks paid his own way down to Austin for a Longhorn camp last summer.
"You don't make that type of financial commitment (to go to the camp), if you are not very interested," Cox remarked, "He is always around campus with a Texas cap or something. I'd say his top four are Texas, Ohio State, Florida, and Georgia. USC and Alabama are probably battling for the fifth spot."
Cox said that Hicks was born in South Carolina, moved around a bit as a child, and has been settled in the Cincinnati area since the seventh grade. In addition, his father, Scott, played basketball for Notre Dame under Digger Phelps in the eighties.
In addition to his gridiron and hardwood exploits, Hicks is considering also running track this season. His defensive coordinator, ex-NFL cornerback and UCLA star Carlton Gray, also coaches the sprinters and wants Hicks to join the track squad.
"Jordan's already fast. He ran 4.5s at the Texas and Ohio State camps, but I think it would be real beneficial for Jordan," said Cox.