Hicks chose Mark Dantonio’s Spartans over the likes of the Illinois Illini, Purdue Boilermakers, and Minnesota Golden Gophers. His final list included Iowa, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia among others. In the end, Hicks chose Michigan State for its solid academics (he plans to be a biology major), program history, and the family-like atmosphere of the coaches.
The three-star defensive back opted to move out of the state of Ohio, where he attended Solon High School, even though he received an offer from the Ohio Buckeyes. He gave his commitment back in June, 2012. He was the 7th player to commit after Caleb Benenoch decided that he would not attend MSU after all.
This is Michigan State’s ninth signee of the day, adding to a class that contains 18 players in total. The Ohio product will be joining Justin Williams as the two defensive backs in the class of 2013. They will be joining two other defensive backs on the Michigan State football roster. The 6’0, 175 lb Hicks was a 3-year starter at Solon, and his career totals include 87 tackles and 6 interceptions. He will add a solid presence to the Spartans defensive efforts.