KATY, Texas – In a pledge that caught recruiting fans and analysts alike, five-star defensive midfielder Katy (Texas) Paetow David Hicks Jr. announced its commitment to Texas A&M via Oklahoma Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony at his high school.
Conversations were made with both coaching staff during the grueling hours, but his discussion with Texas A&M was good enough to put the Aggies ahead.
“They just told me I was the privileged one and what the depth chart looked like,” says Hicks. “Show me how they’re going to use me and how they need me there.”
His relationship with the defensive coach Elijah Robinson is one that stretches back from his time in high school, and that’s a big reason why he’s bringing his talents to College Station.
“Me and Coach E are really close,” he said. “I always come back and visit on June 1st as soon as the dead end is over. Me and him have a very good relationship, like an uncle and nephew.”
That initial relationship also helped Texas A&M see Hicks grow as a person and as a player throughout high school.
“That’s really important because I really care about relationships,” he said. “I’ve been with them since eighth grade so they’ve seen me grow into the player I am now.”
Defensive Analyst Tony Jerod-Eddie and defensive end coach Terry Price also played an important role as they continued the family atmosphere that had been built with Hicks and his family.
“Coach E, Coach Tony, and Coach Price are really great coaches,” he said. “I feel like they can develop me in every aspect of my life, even as a man. They’re right down the street from home. I’ll be able to stay close to home and close to my city. “
The element of surprise was perhaps the most difficult thing for Hicks during his hiring process, as he feels a lot of people expect him to be sooner until announced.
“I’ve been predicted to Oklahoma and I don’t want to be predicted again, so I’m just trying to keep quiet,” he said.
Looking back, Hicks is grateful for his journey up to this point and is very much looking forward to what he can do at College Station.
“It was a really fun ride, this whole hiring process,” he said. “I remember getting my first FBS offer from SMU. I remember being in camp in eighth grade and those were the moments that really started everything. I’m just glad I’m where I am now. .”
At 6-foot-4, 255-pounds, according to Rivals, Hicks is the 13th-ranked player in the country in 2023. He is the #1 solid full-back in the country and the #3 rookie from Texas. .