February 4, 2008

Hicks finally solid?

Stephen Hicks verbally committed to Colorado following an official visit to Boulder back in early November.

But the 6-foot-0, 185-pound defensive back from Whitehouse (Texas) High considered his pledge "soft". He still wanted to leave the door open for other colleges to come in and recruit him.

A handful of other programs did express some form of recruiting interest in Hicks. But he never ended up taking more visits.

"I am signing with Colorado, I'm solid," Hicks told Rivals.com on Sunday evening. "After Coach Eric Kiesau and Coach Ron Collins came by [for an in-home visit in January], I sat down and thought about it. I feel good about my commitment.

"I'm looking forward to signing with Colorado on Wednesday. I can't wait. For the longest time I haven't been able to go out, go to the mall, without having people in the community asking me the same question. They always ask who I am going to sign with. Well, now I can be like, look at the newspaper. It's Colorado."

Hicks started both ways for Whitehouse at running back and safety. He recorded 82 tackles, three interceptions and four forced fumbles on the defensive side of the ball last fall as a senior.

"I am really good at breaking down offenses," Hicks expressed. "When the offense lines up and just in different game situations, I am good at reading what the offense is going to do."

Hicks is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's 47th best safety prospect from the Class of 2008. But, according to Hicks, the Buffaloes are planning to use him as a cornerback in college.

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