January 6, 2008

Is Hicks' pledge to Colorado still soft?

Stephen Hicks verbally committed to Colorado shortly after his official visit to Boulder the weekend of November 2nd. The 6-foot-0, 185-pound safety prospect from Whitehouse (Texas) High said at the time that his pledge was soft. He still planned to go visit some other colleges.

"After I committed to Colorado most of the other colleges that were recruiting me continued to show interest," Hicks said. "Purdue was really the only one that backed off.

"I haven't taken any [other official visits] besides the Colorado trip so far. And time is winding down, but I am still going to continue to take some other visits."

Oklahoma, Florida and LSU are among the other programs that have continued to show interest in Hicks. "Oklahoma just hopped on board with an offer," he said. "I am looking to take a trip there."

Hicks had an in-home visit with Eric Kiesau, who is responsible for his recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff, in December.

"Colorado just felt like home," he said. "On my visit, the second I got off the plane and got to Boulder, it just felt like home. I saw myself being able to go there and call it my second home. The coaching staff there is excellent and the team is great. I liked the whole atmosphere in Boulder, it is a college town. And I liked the fans, they are really into the football team."

Ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's 47th best safety prospect from his class, Hicks recorded 82 tackles, three interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior. He also started at running back.

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