May 4, 2009

Alexander going after Michigan corner

Second-year wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander has one of the more challenging recruiting territories on the Badger coaching staff.

The California native, who has been assigned to the state of Michigan, has the difficult job of luring prospects away from top programs such as Michigan and Michigan State.

Sunday night, caught up with Mylan Hicks, a 2010 prospect from Detroit (MI) Renaissance, to discuss his current recruitment and growing relationship with Alexander.

"Man, Coach Alexander is great," said the 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback. "He came to school not too long ago. We talked, had a great conversation and he offered me a scholarship.

"He's told me a lot of great things about Wisconsin. I think our relationship is growing. I haven't been to Wisconsin yet, but it's a great program and I cold see myself playing there."

With offers already on the table from both Michigan and Michigan State, it seems as though the UW coaching staff has an uphill battle if they hope to persuade Hicks to leave his home state.

"I'd say the in-state schools have a slight advantage, but I still need to do what's best for me," Hicks said. "Michigan State's coaching staff is full great guys. The campus is nice and it's not very far from home. I really like the facilities.

"Michigan's a great program, it's rich in tradition. I'm pretty sure they have the highest winning percentage of the schools recruiting me. That's a really great program."

Hicks, who started both ways as a junior, doesn't have a timetable for his commitment just yet. However, he does expect to make a few visits this summer before deciding.

"I've been to a lot of schools, but I plan on making some more visits this summer," he explained. "I want to make it to Madison before I make my decision. I've heard some great things about the campus."

As a junior, Hicks earned all-Detroit honorable mention honors. He also competes in track during the spring.

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