When it comes to offensive line prospects from the state of Pennsylvania one of the very best is Sean Hickey. Hickey, 6-6 and 285 pounds, is from Murrysville (Pa.) Franklin Regional High School. He currently has scholarship offers from Syracuse, Ohio, Marshall, and Eastern Michigan. That overall number should balloon up when he goes camping this summer. Hickey is healthy once again after surgery last fall.
"I really haven't told anyone publicly because I wanted all the coaches to know that I had a torn labrum and surgery five days after the season ended last year," Hickey said. "I actually did it during camp and played with it all season. The surgery went well and I am really getting my strength back. I hurt it pass blocking and I still can't pass block until July. But I know I will be better than last season and I am looking at this as a blessing in disguise."
Despite playing with the injury in 2008 Hickey didn't allow a sack. So it's safe to say that pass blocking is one of his better attributes.
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"It is. But my strength is my strength. I also drive people off the ball. I know zone blocking scheme well. Doing that we take a lateral step off the ball and don't really explode at the defender so I know that's something I will need to work on."
Hickey will have a busy summer, where he plans on visiting and camping at schools like Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado, Northwestern, Purdue, Pitt, and Boston College. He will also visit the team that was the first to offer him, Syracuse.
"I know it will be a busy and hectic month of June and I will visit Syracuse towards the end of the month. They are at the top of my list. I love coach (Greg) Adkins and coach (Dan) Conley. The new coaching staff is wonderful and Syracuse seems extremely appealing. Syracuse will be up there no matter who offers."
Another team Hickey fells good about is Boston College. He's already been up there and he hit it off well with that staff.
"I really connected up there with the coaches. I really loved it.
"I don't know if I have a top five but Syracuse and Boston College would be up there at the top. I also like Wisconsin, Pitt, and Colorado. Actually, I have not ruled out anyone and I am really interested in everyone."