When Jason Candle received the head coaching job at Toledo, hiring a staff was a lengthy but important process. Despite the time taken, Candle certainly made the right move by bringing in Cory Robinson as his cornerbacks coach. Robinson, who has spent time at Maryland and several other schools, including IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Robinson's deep Florida roots have led to a major impact on the recruiting trail for the Rockets, which has recently been evident in the recruitment of 2017 cornerback, Faion Hicks of Pembroke Pines, Florida.
The Charles W. Flanagan High School product is a '8A' State Champion and has now received several offers from bigger programs such as Illinois and Iowa State and a lot of interest from other 'Power Five' schools as well. However, Toledo remains a favorite for Hicks, who does not have a list of top schools at the moment.
"Toledo is near the top, I love the family aspect that Coach Candle brings to the program," Hicks stated on the program, "It doesn't seem like they have to sell me, they let the program and what they do sell itself."
As previously mentioned, Coach Cory Robinson has made a drastic impact on the Rockets' recruiting trail with several athletes and Hicks is no exception.
"Coach Robinson has been involved with me heavy and that really means a lot," Hicks stated, "Coach is very straight-forward and he has extreme knowledge of the game. He wants to teach the game to guys who want to learn and dominate."
The 5'10", 185-pound standout says Toledo offered him at the start of Spring Football and he does plan on visiting Northwest Ohio over this summer.
Hicks plays much bigger than his current stature and is an extreme hitter at the cornerback position. Aside from the hitting, Hicks has the ability to play one-on-one on outside receivers with an incredible vertical and excellent ball skills. Hicks has a chance to compete right away in the Toledo secondary.
"I'm a corner who can do it all, I can play anywhere in the secondary and off the field I'm very dedicated, everything is football 24/7 for me," Hicks added.
We'll keep you posted as Hicks' recruitment heats up.