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Wisconsin has added a second cornerback in the 2017 class in Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan's Faion Hicks

A big recruiting weekend yielded dividends for Wisconsin, as Pembroke Pines (FL) cornerback Faion Hicks gives his verbal commitment to the Badgers.

MADISON – As soon as he got the offer he was waiting for from the University of Wisconsin, Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan cornerback Faion Hicks couldn’t wait to schedule his official visit to check out the program.

Once he got to the capital city, Hicks couldn’t wait to commit.

A long recruiting drought ended for Wisconsin football on a big recruiting weekend when the 5-10, 185-pound Hicks announced his commitment to the Badgers’ 2017 recruiting class.

"The coaching part of the program is what got me," Hicks told Scout. "Coach Leonard is excited to work with me, and through out the process, has always sent me feedback on my highlights and that was big for me; someone willing to coach me and get me ready for the next level.

Joining three-star cornerback Madison Cone, who was taking his official visit the same weekend, as the only defensive backs in the class, Hicks picked the Badgers over offers from Appalachian State, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa State and a host of other non-power five offers. He likely would have seen more interest had he not missed parts of his junior season with shoulder injuries.

He's the 11th commit in Wisconsin's 2017 class.

Recruited by defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield and defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard, Hicks runs a 4.57 40-yard dash but makes up for not having top-end speed by playing aggressive and physical at the line of scrimmage and possessing a 36.9-inch vertical. Planning to graduate early and enroll for spring practices, Hicks began his career as a tailback before transitioning two summers ago but has been all-county the past two years.

"The academics speak for itself at Wisconsin," Hicks said. "And then the atmosphere is crazy here; nothing like it. Also, seeing two South Florida corners have success here opened my eyes."

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