Hicks was considering taking an official visit to Boise State. But the Wazzu weekend was such an eye-opening experience that Hicks said he is locking up his recruitment.
“The visit was great,” Hicks (6-0, 180) told CF.C. “It was a good time. I got to talk with Coach Mike Leach, Coach Ken Wilson and we went over some film. We talked a lot about what they could see me doing next year.
“After my trip, the experience made me firm things up with WSU. It solidified my decision to go with them."
One thing that helped WSU with Hicks over the weekend was definitely his one-on-one time with Leach. The two had an interesting conversation.
“Oh man, Coach Leach was all over the place when we talked,” Hicks said. “He was talking to me about the book he wrote, how a lady named her dog after him and more. We talked about Pullman too. He was giving my parents tips on places to check out while we were here for the weekend. I liked Pullman a lot. It was a great atmosphere with great people.”
Hicks, out of San Bernardino, Calif., about two hours east of Los Angeles, pledged crimson this past summer over offers from Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Utah State, UNLV and others.
While he was out on the Palouse, the Cajon High product caught a bowl game practice as WSU gets ready to play Minnesota in the Holiday Bowl later this month.
“They’re definitely playing good right now,” Hicks said. “I watched them (practice) and I like how the coaches run it. Everything was high tempo and fast. Things are looking up for WSU right now.
“I know they lost those games to Colorado and Washington at the end of the year, but all in all it was a good season. I’m planning on going to the Holiday Bowl too. It’s about an hour and a half from my house, so my parents said we could go. It’ll be fun.”