It's a strong year for defensive backs out West and in a weird coincidence, a strong year for DBs named Elijah. There are currently four players with the name Elijah among our top 10 corners out West including Elijah Hicks.
Hicks is a very talented player who we liked a lot at the Opening Regional Camp in L.A. At 6-0, 170 pounds, Hicks has the size and athleticism to play either corner or safety in college. He runs well, has good ball skills and is one of those players that just seems to always be around the football.
"I loved it at Oregon, it felt good being in a new environment," Hicks said. "I was there Thursday and Friday and I got to see and do everything. I watched a practice, met with all the coaches, toured the campus and saw the facilities. The practice was intense and I really liked the fast tempo.
"The facilities were incredible, I've seen pictures but it's different seeing them up close, I've never seen anything like it. I spent a lot of time with Coach Neal and talked with Coach Helfrich as well. They said I remind them of Ifo Ekpre-Olomu so I'm assuming they like me for corner. I already had high interest in Oregon and after the visit, that's even more the case."
Hicks enjoyed his time in Corvallis as well.
"I wasn't at Oregon State as long but I liked it there too," Hicks said. "I had a great time, those two schools are very different but I enjoyed myself and felt a nice comfort level with everyone. I toured the campus and they're building all new facilities that they're really excited about it and I'm interested in both programs right now for sure."
This weekend, Hicks will visit UCLA for the Bruins Spring Game.
"I've been to UCLA before and I really like them a lot," Hicks said. "Out of all the offers I got, that was probably the one I was most excited about. I have a really good relationship with Coach Meat (Martin) and academics are big for me and UCLA is one of those schools that has a great combination of athletics and academics so they're very high on my list."
Hicks will also head back East in mid-May to check out several Ivy League schools.
"My brother (Tony) is graduating from Penn so I'm going to be out there May 15," Hicks said. "He played basketball at Penn and is transferring to Louisville as a grad-transfer so it's pretty cool for him. I'm going to try and visit Harvard and Yale while I'm out there too.
"I also want to visit Vanderbilt and Colorado in the summer and probably Cal too. I'm sure I'll visit UCLA several times as well since it's so close to home. Then I'll take some official visits during the season and probably be ready to announce sometime in December.
"I'm looking for a school that is strong academically, that's big for me and I really do have genuine interest in those Ivy League schools. Right now I'm enjoying the process and looking forward to playing it all out."