"Coach (Jimmy) Lake and I have been talking for about three weeks and we've really formed a great relationship," Hicks told Dawgman.com. "He came down to my school and watched me work out and then after he left, I called him and he said he really liked my film and how hard I worked even though it is the offseason, so he said that Washington was offering me a scholarship."
Washington is the 28th school to offer Hicks, but even with so many suitors already in the mix, Hicks said Washington is definitely a player for his services.
"I've never been up there before, but that's going to change here pretty soon," Hicks noted. "He was talking to my dad about (visiting) and I really want to get up there so I can see it. I've heard great things about the facilities and the program, but I really want to see it for myself."
Hicks has already visited two Northwest schools and he has some other visits on the docket as well.
"I visited Oregon and Oregon State last month and they were really good visits," Hicks said. "Oregon State is building some great facilities and coach (Cory) Hall has experience in the NFL and I really liked the whole staff up there.
"With Oregon, their facilities are already amazing and the staff there is cool. The former Michigan coach (Brady Hoke) that is there has a lot of knowledge about stuff too.
"This weekend, my brother is graduating from Penn, so my dad and I are going to head up and see him graduate and we'll visit with the Penn coaches and we're also going to go up and see Yale and Harvard.
"I'm going to go to camp at Vanderbilt on June 24th so I can compete against some of those SEC boys and I'm planning on going to Stanford for their camp on the 17th (of June) and I'm also planning to visit Colorado as well."
As far as when he'd like to decide, Hicks is non-committal, wanting to give every school "a fair shot to recruit me". However, he did say he doesn't plan on stringing things out either.
"I want to give schools a chance to show me what they have to offer," Hick said. "I don't want to wait until my season starts, but if I need to take some officials, then that's what I will wait to do.
"I am not one of those guys who will commit and then de-commit and commit to a different school. That's not the type of guy I am, so I don't want to rush things and then figure out that I made the wrong decision."
While he's still in the process of narrowing his list down, Hicks did have some criteria he's looking for that will help him decide where he will play his college ball.
"First, it's going to be the honesty of the coaches," Hicks said. "You have to trust them and what they are telling you, so that trust is something that is very important to me.
"I'm also looking for a comfort-level with the staff and my overall relationship with them. I also am wanting to look at the academics and what the school has to offer me."
As a junior last season, Hicks posted 45 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and a blocked kick on a team that went 13-3 and won the CIF Division III-AA title.null