January 19, 2010

Hicks ready to make an impact

This past weekend cornerback recruit Mylan Hicks of Detroit Renaissance High School took his official visit to Michigan State. Hicks is one of the most important commitments the Spartans have for 2010 as it is very possible he will be asked to contribute early on.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Hicks is rated a 3-star recruit and the #42 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com. He is also rated the #8 player in Michigan for the class of 2010. Hicks was the top in-state cornerback on the board for Coach Dantonio and the Spartans.

Spartanmag.com asked Hicks about his official visit that he took this past weekend.

"It was great," Hicks said. "The best part was meeting and hanging out with all the recruits that were committed and some of the guys that have not committed. Dana (Dixon) was my host. I also met guys like Skyler (Schofner) the offensive lineman from Ohio, the linebacker from Florida (Justin Wilson) and a cornerback from Georgia."

The Spartans graduated a lot of players in the secondary and for that reason it is very possible that someone coming in with the class of 2010 will be required to step-in and play right away. SpartanMag.com asked Hicks if the Michigan state Coaches have talked about that possibility?

"Yes, they have told me that I will have a chance to compete. I am ready to go up there and show the coaches what I can do."

Hicks went on to state that he is 100% healed from an ankle injury he suffered this fall. The ankle injury limited his play and his production, but Hicks was still elected to participate in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. He had a solid performance in that game.

This past spring Hicks made the rounds at several camps and combines and was able to shut-down many of the top wide receivers in the Midwest. Hicks was one of only a few players in the entire nation that had success against 5-0star wide receiver Kyle Prater. No doubt, Hicks is hoping he gets another chance to lock-up with the USC commitment.

Hicks becomes the 3rd Renaissance player to select the Spartans in the last 2 years. He will join 2009 commitments Chris Norman and Dan Dixon in East Lansing. It is not out of the possibility that in the near future the Spartans will have all 3 Renaissance players on the field at the same time. Norman is expect to assume a starting role this coming fall and Dixon was singled out for his outstanding play on the Scout team while he red-shirted.

Hicks indicated that he plans on working out hard the next few months to get ready for college football. He intends on going up to Michigan State this summer to participate in summer conditioning and voluntary drills. That will only help his chances of making an impact during his freshman year.

One thing you can be sure the Spartans hope to do is to continue to recruit players from Detroit Renaissance High school. Renaissance players not only have plenty of talent, but do not have issues when it comes to academics or character. You can be sure the Spartans hope that Hicks teammate, 2011 All-American recruit Lawrence Thomas, continues the trend of Phoenix players to end up at Michigan State.

Matt Dorsey's take:

Hicks will have a great chance to contribute right away simply due to the depth chart. In a perfect world Hicks would be allowed to red-shirt, but his talent may prevent that. Hicks is actually young for his age. He played last season as a 16-year old. If he was the same age as most of his counterpart he would almost surely be one of the top 100 prospects in the nation

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