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.
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.