Confirmed: Cougars land fifth verbal of 2005 class

Head Coach Julian Smilowitz of Fullerton (Calif.) High confirmed that <b>Xavier Hicks</b>, a 6-0, 185-pound defensive back/quarterback, has given a verbal commitment to Washington State. Hicks, also seriously entertaining an offer from Washington, committed Wednesday to the Cougars.

He brings to five the known verbals in WSU's 2005 recruiting class.

"All the Pac-10 schools talked to him," Smilowitz told "He's an outstanding young man. They are getting a great player. He has great leadership skills and works hard in the weight room. Washington State is getting a good one."

On defense, Hicks is playing safety for Fullerton, and is being recruited by WSU to play defensive back. He will officially visit Pullman after the season. He has three interceptions so far this season, bringing his career total to 19.

So why did Hicks end the process early? "I think he probably just liked what he heard and he wanted to get the pressure off," said Smilowitz.

A two-way standout, Hicks threw for 1,922 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns. So far this year he has completed 50 of 91 passes for 654 yards and six TDs. He was named first-team all league at quarterback and first team all-CIF at free safety last season. Also tabbed second team all-state under-class as a utility player. Was first-team all-league in basketball.

He carries a 3.5 core GPA.

Hicks is WSU's second verbal in the last ten days, coming on the hells of Gig Harbor's Kenny Alfred, arguably the top offensive line prospect in the state of Washington. The Cougars also have verbals from Fresno QB Arkelon Hall, Seattle defensive back Shelton Danzy and Puyallup athlete Brandon Gibson.

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