Ohio OLB Hicks Has Always Liked Texas

The Lakota West Firebirds opened their season on Friday against Clayton (Ohio) Northmont. Unfortunately for the Firebirds and Hicks, the team lost in a closely contested game 7-6 in heavy rain and lightening. Jordan Hicks had twelve total tackles and an interception. On Monday, he spoke with several media outlets about the first game of the year and his recruiting process.

On Friday night, Scout's #2 rated outside linebacker in the country, played his opening contest of the year in torrential rain and lightening storms. The offenses were as nasty as the weather with a missed extra point being the final margin in the 7-6 slugfest. Hicks set up the lone Firebird touchdown with an amazing tipped interception that he returned inside the five yard line. Hicks also chipped in twelve total tackles where nine were unassisted.

On Monday, the elusive linebacker spoke to the media about his final six teams, his official and unofficial visit plans, and when he plans on graduating from high school.

His top six schools have been known for quite a while but Hicks re-iterated those on Monday.

"It's Texas, Florida, Ohio State, USC, Georgia, and Alabama," Hicks said.

Obviously, with only five official visits, one of those six schools will not get an official visit. Two schools that look to have an inside track on the official vistis are hometown Ohio State and his longtime favorite Texas Longhorns.

"They were tentative dates (September 12 to Ohio State & October 10 to Texas), but they are not finalized yet," Hicks said about his penciled dates. "My mom is trying to set up all that stuff (official visits) right now. I have no clue on that stuff. That's my mom."

Hicks did say that irrespective of whether the September 12th Ohio State/USC game is an official or unofficial visit, he does plan to attend the game in Columbus. Hicks knows the Buckeyes well which is one of the reasons there is mutual interest.

"They (Ohio State) are always a good program. I'm comfortable with their staff. I've been up there the most times of any other school, so they probably have that advantage. I know a lot of the players on the team," said Hicks.

Hicks also had plenty to say about the Texas Longhorns.

Hicks said, "I've always liked Texas as probably everyone already knows. Coach Muschamp – I like his style. He coaches with a lot of energy. He tries to teach and I like that out of a coach because I want to learn the game."

Jordan and his mother have a long standing relationship with Texas S&C coach Jeff Madden. Hicks's mother worked in the weight room with Coach Madden when he was at the University of Colorado. The two also flew down to Austin for a summer camp in 2008.

"She liked it (Texas) a lot. She knows Coach Madden. They have a relationship. They definitely stay in contact."

Hicks did not return to Austin this summer for another camp, but he is staying in contact with the Texas coaches.

"I call them (Texas coaches) about once every two weeks or so. I stay in contact."

The final six schools are literally all over the map from California to Texas to Florida to Ohio. So, does climate or proximity matter to Hicks?

Regarding climate, Hicks said, "It has a part in it but it's not like it is a deciding factor. Everybody likes the sunshine, but if Ohio State is the place for me, then that's where I am going to go. The climate does not have anything to do with my decision."

Hicks added about proximity, "She's open to me going wherever. But she doesn't have a favorite at all. She is going to support my decision. But she does play a big factor in it because I have been around her my entire life, and I want to stay around her. If I go somewhere far, she's planning on coming with me."

The AP student is also in a position to graduate in December if he wants to enroll in the school of his choice for the spring semester, but as of today, Hicks has not decided on graduating early. If he does, he would have to give up his senior season on the hardwood.

Hicks and the Firebirds return to the field on Friday when they host Lancaster.

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