June 8, 2009

Hicks locks down more offers

Arguably one of the most underrated prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2010 is Mylan Hicks of Detroit Renaissance High School. When you consider the fact that he is ranked the #31 cornerback in the nation; that is saying something. SpartanMag.com caught up with Hicks last night and got some details on his recruitment.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Hicks has seen his offer list explode the past two months. The Spartans were one of the first teams to extend a scholarship and since them every week a new team or two decides to join the fray. We asked Hicks about his most recent scholarships and just how many schools offered.

"Purdue, Syracuse and Minnesota are the most recent," he said. "That gives me over 15 scholarship offers."

The 15-plus offers Hicks has are almost exclusively BCS offers. In addition to Michigan State and the schools listed above, programs like Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona have also extended Hicks a scholarship offer.

Hicks has had an impressive spring on the camp/combine circuit and was looking forward to attend the Illinois NIKE Camp. Unfortunately, Hicks was unable to make it due to fighting an illness. The Illinois Nike Camp featured the top wide receiver prospect in the nation in Kyle Prater. Hicks covered Prater at a 7-on7 tourney earlier this spring. Prater has had his way with just about very CB that has tried to check him, but Hicks was the one player who was in his hip pocket on every play.

It is very possible that Hicks and Prater could be facing each other on Saturdays at Big Ten stadium near you.

Previously Hicks has stated that he is looking to make a decision prior to his senior season. We asked him if that is still the case and what camp she will be attending this month?

"Yes, I still plan on making y decision. It will probably be in a few weeks. I am going to be at Michigan State's Camp, then I will be going to the Mind, Body and Soul Camp and then to the Michigan Camp."

As far as what factors are important to Hicks when it comes to a decision, the lockdown cornerback indicated that it is pretty simple what it will come down to.

"The biggest things for me are the relationship I have with the coaches and how comfortable I feel at the school, he said.

As far as things like playing -time or depth chart, Hicks is confident that his level of pay will allow him to be an early contributor no matter where he goes. Coach Mark Dantonio has already shown in his first 2 years that he is not afraid to put freshmen in the secondary and let them make plays.

Spartan Coach Dan Enos serves as the primary recruiter of Hicks for the Spartans and he has been in contact as much as is allowed by NCAA regulations. Head Coach Mark Dantonio has also taken a role in his recruitment.

"I talked with Coach Dantonio, Hick said. "He said what he really likes about me is my competitiveness and my love for the game."

As a former defensive backs coach, Dantonio can certainly appreciate a player like Hicks who plays with both confidence and aggressiveness.

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in-touch with Hicks in the coming weeks. No doubt he will certainly be one of the top performers at both the Spartan and Wolverine Camps held later this month. After that, look for him to take some time and come to a decision about where he will play his college football.

No matter what school Hicks eventaully attends, they will be getting a prospect who has a great chance of being an impact player early on at the next level.


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