The skilled RB from Arlington Martin is the newest addition to the 2013 Longhorn recruiting class. Check out his highlights on Hudl. Some thoughts on Kyle Hicks, after the jump.
Hicks boasts offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Arkansas, and was a recent attendee at A&M junior day. He goes around 5-10, 190 and though he lacks top end speed - pretty much missing a last gear entirely - his balance, lateral movement, and vision are all elite. Low base, sharp lateral cuts, constantly moving forward. Yeah, you probably see it too: he's Emmitt Smith-ish. Let's watch some Escambia High School tape, shall we?
Hicks also prefers to maximize runs instead of attempting to break everything to the sideline - a pretty refreshing attribute in any elite high school runner. He's a decisive glider - strings it along, makes his cut, and then gets downhill as fast as he can. Pretty much the ideal zone RB and perfect for our system. Hicks also has good hands, though he wasn't featured too much in Martin's passing game.
Hicks was the best offensive player (TCU DE Devonte Fields was the star of the defense) on a 12-2 Martin team that finished with the best record in school history, including a shocking playoff upset of DFW bully Euless Trinity. Hicks ran for a tough 125 in that contest and scored the game clinching touchdown to go along with 27 other touchdowns on the year.
I like Hicks quite a bit and if we separate him appropriately with a redshirt year, he should be a strong addition to our current embarrassment of riches at RB.
It's a longhorn Christmas... On the 5th day of longhorn.. Bevo gave to me... ONE Kyle hicks! On the sixth day of longhorn Bevo gave to me..?— Jake Raulerson (@JakeRaulerson55) February 19, 2012