Hicks wreaks havoc in the middle for Sac City

One of the biggest defensive tackle recruits in the California JUCO ranks this year is Sac City DT Akiem Hicks (6-6, 285). He's been working on his speed this summer and said he's expecting big things this coming fall. JCFootball.com caught up with the gifted interior defensive lineman and he updated us on how his offseason is progressing...

"Things are going real good," Hicks told JCFootball.com recently. "I've been hard at work to drop my forty time and I really wanted to get stronger in my legs and my upper body."

Hicks claims an amazing 4.9 forty time (hand-timed several weeks ago) to go along with a 345 pound bench press and a 630 squat.

It would seem with his talent that he would have been highly recruited after a standout career in both basketball and football at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, but he was lightly recruited his senior year.

"I didn't get a lot of looks from schools, but I also knew I wasn't going to qualify, so it didn't really matter much," Hicks said. "I didn't even register with the Clearinghouse, so I don't know where I was with that."

Last year, as a freshman at Sac City, Hicks managed to post over 50 tackles, four sacks and one intereception.

He played all four defensive line positions, but he said he's more at home in the middle.

"I liked playing end and I think I can be effective out there, but I love playing the three-tech (defensive tackle)," Hicks said. "I feel like I'm real quick and I can use my hands to keep blockers off of me.

"My first step is really what helps me a lot. I get a lot of quick penetration and it's tough for guys to handle me."

On the recruiting front this time around, Hicks is already hearing from schools across the country.

"I've got offers from Oregon, Tennessee, Washington State, Arizona, Purdue, South Florida, Mississippi State and Kansas State right now," Hicks said. "I've got a lot of other schools looking at me, but I don't know how serious they are because they haven't offered me.

"I'm pretty much open to everyone. I just want to find a place where I feel comfortable with the coaching staff and the players and where I feel like I have a good shot at playing time."

Hicks is on pace to graduate in May of 2009 and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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