I wrote up the mother of all recruiting posts on this. It was like Unicorn tears describing high school defensive backs and then Windows Live Writer ate it. Bill Gates giveth and he taketh away. Enjoy your vaccinating the world and philanthropy and the best recruiting post I’ve ever written. Jerk.
Darian Hicks committed to MSU on June 20th, there was much fanfare, except for where there wasn’t. He had offers from the whole of the MAC and half of the Big Ten including Penn State, which I still can’t quite get out of my head as a prestigious offer. In my head a Penn State offer reads like this right now. Oh, I see Ohio, Buffalo, Purdue, Indiana and Penn State.
A Conversation between my brain and Walter Sobchak
“Hey man, Penn State’s a pretty good offer. They have a long history of success with integrity and shit.”
“Eight year olds dude.”
“Right, eight year olds, forgot about that for a minute.”
Hicks was rated a four star recruit by 247, three stars by Rivals and Scout. On your excit-o-meter he should rate as average to good. Hicks was a part of the great wave of commits that occurs after MSU’s camp season.
A Predictor of Future Success is YOUtube
The second video is basically the first with a lot more footage and a lot fewer yellow arrows. If you like watching football, watch the second video if you just want the Cliff Notes watch the first one.
What’s to love about this kid?
On offense, he shows a nifty little one-cut move when turning upfield. It looks like he should get tackled in a handful of these shots and he just doesn’t. He doesn’t have elite breakaway speed. But he’s plenty fast enough to get where he’s going. He’d probably be a fine slot receiver on offense if he ends up over there.
But he won’t. On defense he already shows a good knack for arriving to the receiver at the same time as the ball. He keeps the play in front of him and when his guy gets tackled he stays tackled. Tackles very well in the open field. Towards the end of the second video one of the guys just starts going ham on throwing deep and Hicks shows good ability to get up there and knock the ball away or pick it off.
ESPN lists him at 4.71 which…. is probably pretty accurate. He ran 7.31 in the 60m dash in 2011-2012 Indoor Track. He also posted a 24.3 in the 200 and a 21’1” in the long jump.
Prediction for 2013 and Beyond….
Hicks redshirts in 2013. Fits right in the mold of a Dantonio guy who can cover but also play well in run support, will see the field in an upperclasserly fashion.
Impact on the remainder of the class
MSU currently has 11 commits at the time of this writing. With the late signings of Jamare Mills, Taybor Pepper and DeAnthony Arnett in 2012 the class of 2013 will be smaller. Add to that out of the 11 commits only one plays on either Offensive or Defensive Line and you have a scenario in which Hicks might be our only corner in the class of 2013. Something tells me MSU takes one more in the secondary either a CB or S but not both.