On December 13, Faion Hicks signed with Wisconsin.
10 days later, the Charles Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) defensive back graduated from high school.
Now Hicks looks to enroll early with the Badgers on January 10, as he prepares for Spring practice in Madison.
“Once I got a chance to know the coaching staff not only from a coaching level, but personal, I knew they were people I wanted to be around for the next 3-4 years,” said the 2017 prospect. “The coaches say I’ll be seeing a lot of nickel my fresman year.”
Hicks received his first scholarship offer from Western Michigan on February 17 and went on to land offers from Iowa State (Feb. 23), Georgia State (March 23), UCF (April 2), Bowling Green (April 24), NIU (May 11) and FIU (June 15).
Following an official visit to Appalachian State on September 16, Wisconsin offered the incoming freshman a scholarship 10 days later.
Hicks took an official visit to Madison for the Badgers’ 30-23 loss to Ohio State on October 15, and extended a verbal commitment the next day.
“I just felt like the overall program was something I can see myself buying into and building great relationships there as a player.”
As it relates to Hicks’ game tape, the physicality jumps out at you. He is explosive out on the perimeter, and in nickel, during press coverage situations.
This allows for a natural fit matching up with a variety of offensive threats including wide receivers, slot receivers and hybrid tight ends.
Hicks also provides ball skills as it relates to both zone and man coverage, with an ability to tackle consistently.
Reminds us of Notre Dame defensive back Julian Love, who recently completed his freshman season with the Fighting Irish.