Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas, and LSU — those are just a few of the schools that the Texas A&M Football team is competing with for David Hicks, a top-5 overall prospect and 5-star defensive lineman out of Allen, Texas.
Allen, Texas also happens to be the city where I was born. What can I say? The city breeds elite athletes.
On a serious note, Hicks is one of the best prospects in the entire 2023 class, coming in as the fourth-best overall recruit and second-best defensive lineman. He’s an all-around athlete, playing three sports overall including football, basketball, and track. No matter what happens for the remainder of his high school career, he’ll continue to be one of the best athletes in his class.
A strong season from Texas A&M Football DL DeMarvin Leal could go a long way in securing a commitment from Hicks
It’s still early, though the Texas A&M Football team is the only one with a crystal ball in their favor to land David Hicks. The CB was assigned by Steve Wiltfong around a week ago, listing his confidence level at a six. In reality, this doesn’t mean much at this point in time. That said, it’s a strong head start against some of the toughest teams in the country.
Even so, if the Aggies managed to secure Hicks, it would give them a lot of security going forward and a potential replacement for DeMarvin Leal.
Speaking of Leal, the preseason All-American having a strong season would really help the Aggies’ case when trying to secure this commitment. At 6-4 and 290 pounds, Leal has a similar frame to Hicks, who levels out at the same height with 40 fewer pounds. That said, Leal could serve as a crystal ball into Hicks’ future with the Aggies.
Both players hold great size and athleticism and have the ability to play all over the defensive line. Each of them has the opportunity to be an elite defensive lineman in college due to their unique combination of size and power. Leal seems to be panning out as an elite defensive lineman for Jimbo Fisher and Hicks shouldn’t be any different.
Hicks finished his 2020 season with 52 tackles, 12 for loss, 5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles, cementing himself as a force to be reckoned with. Virtually no offensive lineman could stop him.
If the Texas A&M Football team’s defensive lineman in Leal has a strong season in 2021-22, their chances of landing this 5-star defensive menace increase drastically. This could be a huge pickup for the Aggies down the road.