FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Under the leadership of former Super Bowl champion Devin Bush, the Flanagan High School football team has compiled an 8-1 record and is headed for a trip to the playoffs. Today’s U caught up with Falcons’ cornerback Faion Hicks regarding the state of his junior season.
“My season has been going good,” Hicks told Today’s U. “We came together as a team and I’m glad we made the playoffs last week.”
At 5’10” and 180-pounds, Hicks has already generated considerable Division-I interest for his exploits on the field. Hicks is listed as a 3-star prospect on 247Sports.com, ranked as the No. 44 cornerback in the country.
“Individually, it has been a great year for me on the field and off the field with recruiting,” Hicks said. “I’m pretty satisfied, but it can go even better as I continue to progress.”
Hicks gave a rough estimation of his stats this season: 15 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception, which was returned for a touchdown.
“I’m very physical,” the recruit said. “I’m a great cover corner. That’s basically my playing style—to be very physical and use my feet to cover.”
Over the weekend, Hicks took a visit to UCF and received an offer on the trip. The Knights offered the rising athlete at corner, which is the position the majority of colleges are pursuing Hicks at.
“All of my offers have come at corner,” he said. “But a few coaches have asked me if I would like to play safety. I think I will end up playing corner. Safety, I haven’t had too much time to play it, but later in the season I might try it and see how it goes.”
Hicks says that since September 1st, he has received overtures from the coaching staffs at Florida, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Duke. Most recently, however, UCF entered the mix as a serious contender for Hicks’ pledge with a strong visit to campus.
Hicks went into detail regarding his unofficial visit to UCF and explained what his reaction was to picking up his newest offer.
“I had a chance to talk to the coaches and picked up an offer. I was talking with the coaches and the corners coach pulled me aside. We had a long talk and he told me that he wanted to offer me. It was just a great feeling because I was really feeling UCF,” Hicks said.
“It’s a great school and it was a great visit overall, so I was really excited. I basically had a tour of the school and the area. It’s not too far from home and I had a chance to hang out with my cousin, Taj McGowan. He’s actually a running back at UCF. I saw Rashard Causey too, so it was fun.”
With two familiar faces on campus to boot, the UCF program has put itself in good position regarding Hicks’ recruitment.
Additional schools are expected to enter the mix as he continues to develop, so keep an eye on Hicks as a top talent in the Florida area.