Friday, January 29, 2010

LONGHORNS HOOK JORDAN HICKS

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — "He may go down as the most celebrated high school (football) player in Ohio — ever."

Those were the words offered up by Lakota West High School football coach, Larry Cox, about his all-American linebacker Jordan Hicks, during a press conference Friday afternoon at the school in West Chester.

Well, the "most celebrated" player in Ohio will not be playing at the state's most celebrated college — Ohio State — as Hicks announced during the presser that he will be heading to Texas to play football next fall for Mack Brown and the Longhorns.

"I just felt like (Texas) was the best fit for me," Hicks said following the announcement. "I feel real comfortable there.

"It was just in my heart."

Hicks selected the Longhorns over Ohio State and Florida.

It wasn't much of a surprise to anyone that Hicks chose Texas. The star linebacker — who recorded nearly 100 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions as a senior for the Firebirds in 2009 — seemed to be a Longhorns lean for the past few weeks.

Many didn't feel the Buckeyes had a real chance of landing Hicks, who moved to Ohio when he was in the sixth grade. But it didn't keep OSU fans from pressuring him to go there.

"I wasn't born here," Hicks said. "I don't look at it like I turned my back on Ohio State."

Hicks said OSU wasn't the only school he was feeling pressure from the fans.

"I felt like I had pressure to go everywhere," Hicks said. "It wasn't just Ohio State. I was trying to handle it the best way I could."

Hicks went on to utter the same sentiment he declared earlier ... "It was just in my heart."

With the Buckeyes losing out on the services of Hicks, Jim Tressel and company will now await the announcements of two more blue-chip prospects, as Parade Magazine player of the year, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (Cretin Derham Hall/St. Paul, MN) and Ohio star offensive lineman Matt James (St. Xavier/Cincinnati) will make their decisions known next Wednesday on National Signing Day.

The Buckeyes are among the leaders for both players.