Hickman is a man on a mission

One of the top playmakers on the talented Dupage defense this year is LB Justin Hickman (6-3, 240). His arrival has allowed the Chaparral coaching staff to do some different things on defense this year and with the numbers he's been able to put up, several BCS schools have made it known that they have their collective eyes on him right now...

Hickman prepped at Hubbard High School in Chicago and signed with New Mexico after his standout prep career. However, a death in his family necessitated a move back to the midwest and that's why he's at Dupage this fall.

"After my grandfather passed away, I had to come home to be with my family," Hickman said. "I was just going to work, but then I was like 'I need to keep getting credits and not lose my focus' so I came to Dupage because of the closeness to my family and because they have a really good program here."

Hickman roams the defense for the Chaparrals and he's been able to put up some outstanding numbers for a team that finished the season 6-5 and will play in the Graphic Edge Printing Bowl in less than two weeks.

"We run a Jimmy Johnson type of a defense," Hickman said. "We blitz and stuff and I play on both the strong and weakside, it just depends on what formation we come out in.

"I blitzed a lot, but I was in coverage more so I feel like I can do both."

Hickman has used his impressive size and sub-4.6 speed to post 65 tackles and three sacks so far this year and that is what has led some schools to show their interest in him.

"I'm visiting Kansas State on December 12th," Hickman said. "They've been recruiting me for a while. With their coaching staff situation I need to check and make sure that's still on, but right now, I'm planning on visiting there.

"Arizona's offensive line coach is recruiting me pretty hard and he said they really like my size and my athleticism. I haven't scheduled anything with them yet, but I'll probably do that here pretty soon.

"New Mexico has continued to talk to me and they are the school I signed with and where I felt real comfortable, so I just have to work out things with getting my scholarship back if I ended up there and Minnesota has started to come on pretty strong the past couple weeks, so I have some schools looking at me."

Hickman does not have any offers from those schools, but he noted all four have told him they will likely have one for him at some point.

Because he's a 4-2-4 prospect, Hickman will need to obtain his two-year degree and he plans to finish that in February.

Hickman redshirted in 2007 so wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play three once he steps on campus.

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