Ranked as Scout's top wide receiver for the Class of 2010, Prater had 60 receptions for 948 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior, but couldn't figure out Detroit Renaissance cornerback Mylan Hicks during the BadgerSport/New Level Athletics 7-7 tournament, who locked up every guy he matchup against, including Prater.
"I just had a wonderful day at cornerback," Hicks told Badger Nation. "I think I got one pass caught on me the whole day and that was because of some miscommunication. I locked up every guy I played. Once we played him, I did the best job on him than anybody else in camp.
"He gave me the nickname ‘clamps' and the name stuck."
An honorable mention All-Detroit selection in 2008 after starting at both running back and cornerback for Detroit Renaissance, Hicks has been on fire since his performance in the tournament hit the Internet.
Already holding offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State, Toledo and Vanderbilt, Hicks (the 18th-ranked cornerback in the country by Scout.com) saw four more scholarship offers come his way in the past week alone, as Colorado, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin have all offered and made Hicks a hit commodity.
"I never thought I would be attracting this much interest," Hicks said. "At first, I got off to a slow start and I didn't feel that I was getting that much attention. I felt that I slipped under the radar, but I knew that my stuff allowed me to compete with some of the best guys in the countries. I knew I had things to prove so I tried to do that in every camp I went to."
Rushing for over 900 yards as a tailback last year, most schools are recruiting Hicks, who runs a 4.42 40-yard time, as a cornerback, a position where he registered 30 tackles and one interception.
"I am comfortable playing either position, so whichever position you want to put me at, I can play either one."
One of the schools that want Hicks as a cornerback is the Badgers. Talking on the phone a couple times a week and exchanging emails, Alexander surprised Hicks by extending an offer, especially since the cornerback has yet to make it onto UW's campus.
"Coach Alexander is a real nice guy," Hicks said. "I have been trying to schedule a time to come down and visit. Even with the relationship, I was surprised by the offer because I thought I would have to come down and see the coaching staff before they would offer."
Hoping to visit all the schools that have offered him a scholarship, Hicks, for right now, is just trying to enjoy the recruiting experience and give every school a close look before starting to narrow in on his favorites.
"Actually, I haven't even started narrowing my offers down because (the offers) are still coming in," he said. "I am going to wait things start to slow down before I start. I don't want to make a list and then have some school offer that sparks my interest."