OL/DL Prospect Jacob Hickman To Visit UCLA

OL/DL <b>Jacob Hickman</b> from Bakersfield Centennial, will be in Westwood on Tuesday, making an unofficial visit to UCLA.

For many top recruits, the Nike Camp is a great way to make or break your recruiting. For Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial OL/DL Jacob Hickman, 6-4, 245, it literally was a break for him.

"Everything was going good there until the end of the 1-on-1 drills. I was doing a pass rush, ripped the guy, then as he fell down, his shoulder went right into my fibula. It broke my leg. But I should be good to go come August," said Hickman, who's been trying to get back sooner.

The injury hasn't derailed his recruitment at all though, with seven offers still on the docket for him, at either guard/center or defensive tackle.

"I have offers from Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Nebraska, Washington, Washington State and Colorado," said Hickman.

From that, Hickman has a top four of Arizona, Nebraska, Washington State and UCLA.

"I'm really only interested in the schools that have offered me."

Last weekend, Hickman unofficially visited Arizona, during their camp, and though he couldn't participate, he was able to check out the campus.

"I got to see the coaching staff, see the facilities, get a good idea on Arizona."

On Tuesday, Hickman will be in Westwood, unofficially visiting the UCLA campus and meeting with Coach Karl Dorrell and Coach Tom Cable.

"I'm looking forward to it. I've not been down to the UCLA campus yet. I like Coach Cable. He is a good guy, a good coach. I like the staff. It should be a good trip there."

Hickman projects to play guard in college, if he stays on offense, but could play defensive tackle as well. He has no real preference of either side of the ball.

"Wherever gets me on the field."

Hickman has 66 tackles, 13 sacks and 4 recovered fumbles on defense last year.

He's in no real hurry to make a decision.

"I want to take some trips, see some teams seasons, and how they're doing before I decide. I could take longer. But I'm in no real hurry. I want to see the future of some programs, the coaching staff, the prestige."

Hickman has a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1230 on his SAT.


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