Hickman Will Decide Within Two Weeks

The 6-4, 255-pound lineman from Bakersfield, <b>Jacob Hickman</b>, is a prime recruiting target for UCLA, with the Bruins earmarking him for the defensive line. He said he'll make a decision soon...

Jacob Hickman, 6-4, 255, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial, has seven written offers and favors those schools.

"Right now I am not quite sure what I am going to do," said Hickman. "I don't want to name any favorites because I do not want to count anyone out. I plan on making my decision fairly soon. Probably within the next week or two. I plan on deciding on the school and then only take that one official visit."

He received his first three calls last night from Colorado, Washington, and Washington State.

His final schools are Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, and UCLA. All of these schools have offered.

Jacob took unofficial visits to UA, NU, and UCLA over the summer. So do the schools he hasn't visited yet have a legit shot? "Yeah, they still do. Like I said, I am not ruling anyone out right now and I have interest in all of them."

Hickman believes UCLA has it all: "It is a good school that you cannot say enough good things about. They have great athletics and academics."

UCLA offensive line coach Tom Cable is after him for the Bruins.

Offensive line coach Dennis Wagner is after him for the Huskers and it sounds like he is very interested in the Nebraska program. "They have great facilities and a great history. I have been following them for a long time. Nebraska has a lot to offer."

Arizona State also has an outside shot. "They have a very good program there from what I hear."

His parents say they will back their no matter his choice.

Different schools like him at different positions. While CU sees him at tackle, Nebraska and Washington like him at center and Arizona and UCLA see Hickman on the defensive line. "If I do play d-line, it will be as the weakside tackle or end since I will probably not be the biggest guy on the line. I really don't care what position I play at. I like all of the line positions."

Jacob grew up a Notre Dame fan but has never really considered the Irish and he hasn't heard much from South Bend.

Centennial faces Redwood in their first game September 10th.

Hickman is ranked as the #59 player in the west.


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