Three more visits planned for Hicks

When you're as big and athletic as Sac City DT Akiem Hicks (6-6, 295), coaching staffs from across the country stand up and take notice. After taking an official visit to Oregon during August, Hicks now has visits set up with three more schools and several other programs vying for his fifth and final visit.

Hicks is a big, athletic run-stuffer who has enough quickness and speed (4.89) to get pressure on the quarterback.

So far, his team hasn't done very well in the win-loss column, but on an individual level, he's had a good sophomore season posting 30 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and four sacks.

"We're only 2-4, so we've struggled a little, but me personally, I've been pretty good so far," Hicks told "I'm still having fun and our team is playing hard, so we're hoping to finish strong and see where we end up."

On the recruiting front, Hicks visited Oregon during August and said he came away impressed with the Duck football program.

"Oh it was great up there," Hicks said. "I really liked what they had going on up there. They are a real physical and athletic team and they have amazing facilities.

"I didn't really think about committing because I have a lot of other schools after me, so I want to make sure I end up at the school that fits me best."

Other schools who have offered are LSU, Kansas, Washington State, Washington, Tennessee, Arizona, Purdue, South Florida, Mississippi State and Kansas State.

"I've set up visits with Tennessee for November 8th, LSU for November 22nd and right now it's tentative, but Arizona for the December 6th," Hicks said. "Washington, Purdue and Kansas the the schools that I'm looking at for my final visit, I just haven't made a decision on which one that will be."

Hicks will graduate in December, so he said he wants to decide shortly after his final visit.

"I can fit in pretty much anywhere, but I want to make sure I'm making the right decision on the school I end up at," Hicks said. "As long as I fit in well, I think I could go to any of those schools and feel good about things."

Wherever Hicks ends up, he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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