As a junior, 6-6 Wyatt Hicks weighed only 210 pounds as a tight end for Highland Springs High School (Highland Springs, VA). Heading into his senior season, Springers Head Coach Scott Burton decided to move his bruising tight end to offensive tackle, and the move has paid off considerably for both parties.
“I guess Coach Burton had some good foresight for me,” Hicks said. “I didn’t earn any honors as a tight end, but so far I’ve earned first-team all-district and first-team all-region at offensive tackle. All-State and All-Metro haven’t come out yet. There have definitely been more perks to playing tackle.”
Hicks, who gained 40 pounds of muscle in the off-season before his senior year, possesses excellent footwork and very good athleticism for an offensive lineman. He is a dual-sport star for Highland Springs, playing football and basketball.
The amount of basketball he has played over the years had an extremely positive effect on his ability to play offensive tackle.
“Because I’ve played basketball all my life, I have really good footwork,” Hicks said. “I’ve had numerous people tell me that my strength is my footwork. I do know that I need to put on more weight and I need to get stronger before I get to college, so I will work as hard as I can to do that. When I got to Highland Springs [before my junior season], I was only 210 pounds. I worked hard and did what Coach Burton told me to do, and I got to 250 pounds. Coach Burton said he was impressed because I put on the weight but I didn’t lose my quickness. I may have lost a small bit of speed, but my mobility is still there.”
An excellent senior season has helped Hicks earn four scholarship offers to this point, with more possibly on the way.
“I’m enjoying the whole recruiting process,” Hicks said. “Recruiting is definitely going good right now. I’ve received scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Ohio University. I’m seriously talking with UNC, UVA, and Maryland is still in there too.”
The first week of the contact period has been an active one for Hicks, as he scheduled three in-home visits this week and will be making the first of four official visits this weekend. Do not expect a verbal commitment anytime soon from the rising prospect, as he wants to make all four of his scheduled visits and possibly a fifth.
“UNC was here yesterday, Duke was here today, and ECU will be here Thursday,” Hicks said. “I’ve set four...
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