Recruiting battle for a five-star defender David Hicks is heating up this summer as Texas A&M, Oregon and more battle it out for outstanding Katie (TX) Paetow. Hicks and his father made an official visit to Oregon over the weekend, and 247Sports recruiting director Steve Wiltfong said this week. wiltfong that the Ducks’ stock rose sharply after the trip to the West Coast.

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“My Crystal Ball is in Texas A&M for (Hicks), it’s been in Aggie for quite some time – the first time I really think about changing it since this official visit to Oregon.” – Wiltfong said. “His father told me it was a home visit, it was a hell of a visit. What’s going on in Oregon with coach (Dan) Lanning and coach (Tosh) Lupoy and those guys over there, I think David Hicks was fantastic. time and Eugene. I think his dad had a great time in Eugene and Oregon has really moved on and can’t be discounted after two campus visits. Now his father has told me that the decision is not imminent. Certainly remains a priority for Texas A&M. Oklahoma is diligently recruiting him. He’s been to Miami a couple of times. But I believe Oregon has real momentum right now with David Hicks.”

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At a listed height of 6’4″ and a weight of 270 pounds, Hicks is already a good size and has a long list of high-end offerings. Wiltfong originally set up his Crystal Ball for Aggie back in August 2021, but the new Oregon staff kept pushing.

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The 2023 Ducks class is currently ranked 37th in the 247Sports Composite Team rankings, but that number is bound to rise. There are only six commits in Oregon so far, five of which have four stars.

Cooper Petagna, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, predicts Hicks will be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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“Has the perfect size and growth potential to add weight to the frame.” – Petagna wrote in the intelligence report. “Demonstrates good athleticism and shows the ability to play multiple roles in a group of four. A tri-sport athlete with a dynamic track and field experience. Demonstrates an explosive first step, showing good leg and body speed beyond the line of scrimmage. the ability to bend the edge with good rushing ability to the inside Demonstrates good playing power at the point of attack and the ability to play with power A versatile defender who can beat you with speed, quickness and power on the perimeter and on the run He plays better on the run than at this stage of his life development. Design him to move inside as a 4-3 inside lineman as he continues to grow and develop in his frame, but he has the athletic ability to maintain presence on the board. Ultimately, Hicks is a forward looking player who has an athletic build. , physical advantages and versatility to confirm his position as one of the best linebackers in the class of 2023.