CINCINNATI- For five-star linebacker Jordan Hicks, it hasn't been an easy process coming to a decision. Hicks had offers from nearly every school in the country, and eventually was able to narrow it down to Florida, Ohio State, and Texas. However making the cut from three to one has worn on Hicks, but finally this week he was able to make his decision and he chose to say Hook 'Em Horns at the University of Texas.
At 6 feet 2 and 220 pounds with speed to burn, Hicks has had college coaches flowing through Lakota West High School for years. On Friday at Lakota West, Hicks put an end to it all when he announced his intention to sign with the University of Texas.
"I am going to be a Texas Longhorn. I just felt it was the best fit for me," said Hicks at his press conference.
In the end three schools that have played in last five national championship games made up his list, and according to Hicks coming up with a decision between the three was very difficult.
"The phone calls were tough," said Hicks. "I actually did it right before (the press conference) and they understood that I had to do what was right for me."
In the end the choice was Texas, and his relationship with Head Coach Mack Brown and assistant Coach Will Muschamp made all the difference in the world. Especially the fact that Muschamp told him from the beginning he would be at Texas and backed it up with his actions.
"I have a great relationship with (Mushcamp)," explained Hicks. "He assured me the entire time that he was going to stay at Texas and he backed it up. That was key."
At Texas, Hicks hopes to come in and compete for early playing time.
"Everybody wants to play right away," he said. "There's three linebackers committed, including me, and four returning. As long as I do what I have to do I will be fine."
Some have questioned how Hicks would fit in with a roster made up almost entirely of players from the Lone Star State, but for him that isn't even a concern.
In fact, Lakota West Head Coach Larry Cox made it a point to say that Hicks was only going to be the second player from the state of Ohio to pick Texas. Hicks' mother, Kelly Justice, then added that she and her daughter both plan to move to Texas to be with Hicks.