JC DE Hickman Close to Deciding

The defensive end from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College, <b>Justin Hickman</b>, talks about his visit to UCLA this last weekend, and says he's done with his trips, narrowed down his list and is close to deciding...

Justin Hickman, 6-2, 250, Glendale (Ariz.) Community College, said his visit to UCLA this last weekend was good enough to bring UCLA neck and neck with another school for his services.

"It was a good trip," Hickman said. "The food, the people, the coaches, and the L.A. atmosphere. It was all good."

Because of the trip, Hickman said that it's "primarily" between UCLA and Washington State. The defensive end, who had about 60 tackles and 10 sacks on the season, has taken official visits to UCLA, Washington State, Arizona State and Oregon.

Why UCLA and Washington State? "I think those are the two best places for me," Hickman said. "With UCLA, I've spent a lot of time in L.A. and really like the city of Los Angeles. They graduate six defensive linemen, and four defensive ends, so there's a chance to play immediately. They also have some very good young guys and have a good chance for success in the future."

Hickman also said he has family in the Los Angeles area.

Not really recruited when he graduated from Phoenix (Ariz.) St. Mary's High, Hickman said he was smaller then. "I was probably 6-0 and 230 then. Now I'm about 6-1 and a half, and 250."

Hickman, who was named to the first team WSFL (Western States Football League) and ACCAC (Arizona Community College Athletic Conference), also was qualified academically out of high school, being a good student. He's currently a freshman at Glendale, and he'll have four years to play three.

Since he's taken all of his trips and narrowed it down "primarily" to two schools, Hickman said he could be deciding fairly soon. "I want to sit down with my parents and talk about it. Those two schools, UCLA and Washington State, are different. So I want to think about it through Christmas, but I'll probably decide shortly after Christmas."

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