Hicks is One to Watch

Hicks is One to Watch

Waco Midway quarterback Ben Hicks was very productive in 2013, has a big arm and good size. What he doesn't have is a scholarship offer from a BCS school. Texas Tech, TCU, SMU, Indiana and others are recruiting him though, and he has given up this season of baseball to make the rounds at camps and junior days. RaiderPower.com caught up with him recently to see where he stands.

Waco Midway quarterback Ben Hicks isn't
exactly a household name among recruiting geeks around the country or even the Midlands region, but he is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Hicks (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) threw for 3,741 yards, 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions while helping the Panthers to a 9-3 record and District 8-5A championship during his junior campaign in 2013.

Greg Powers, a Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst in charge of recruiting coverage for the Midlands region, only saw Hicks play one time last season and it was easily his worst performance. Powers said he still came away impressed with his potential.

"It was not Hick's best game under center last season, as he tossed three of his 2013 six total interceptions in the contest," Powers said. "But, in the game he showed the ability to put up big numbers, which he did quite often throughout the course of the season. He throws with good accuracy, completing nearly 70% of his passes during his junior season. He has an arm that can make all of the throws and he can sit back in the pocket and pick defenses apart. He is not known for his speed, but I would not describe him as immobile."

In fact, when watching Hicks' highlights what stands out the most is his ability to move around in the pocket, buying enough time, combined with great arm strength which does not require him to reset his feet in order to deliver strikes 30-40 yards down the field. He also shows above average accuracy when rolling out of the pocket and throwing on the run.

"I've been doing that as long as I have been playing, but it's also just working at it, you know, trying to get better," Hicks said. "That's a big part of playing the quarterback position, moving around in the pocket, so I work on it as much as I possibly can, but it's also natural.

Despite his production, arm strength and decent size, Hicks is still searching for his first offer. That's not to say he isn't being courted though.

Hicks visited TCU in early February "really loved it", SMU a couple weeks ago and Indiana last weekend for a junior day.

Texas Tech assistant coach Eric Morris visited Hicks in Waco a couple months ago followed by Kliff Kingsbury about a month later, which Hicks described as "exciting."

Hicks originally planned to join Midway teammate Khalil Haughton, a four-star safety prospect and Tech offer, for Tech's first junior day on Feb. 22 but had to postpone the trip until Apr. 6.

Though Tech is currently courting two of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Stephenville's Jarrett Stidham and Allen's Kyler Murray, don't be surprised if Tech takes a look at signing two quarterbacks in 2015 after the mass exodus following the 2013 season. Odds are against both Stidham and Murray signing with Tech.

Hicks very well could be that second guy.

"My dad is a Tech grad, I have always watched Texas Tech and I love Tech," Hicks said. "It would be a dream come true to get an offer from them and get a chance to go play for them."

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