Meet the New Guy: Kyle Hicks

Jamie Squire

Leading up to the 2013 TCU Football season, we will be profiling the newest Horned Frogs on campus who were all a part of the 2013 recruiting class. Second up is the offensive headliner, RB Kyle Hicks.

NAME Kyle Hicks
POSITION RB
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 5'10" / 190 or 195 lbs.
HOMETOWN Arlington, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL Martin
247 Composite Star Ranking Four Stars (****)

 

Kyle Hicks was a big steal last class after the Frogs switched him from Texas. An explosive runner, Hicks can score from anywhere on the field. Although he was injured late in his senior season, Hicks is ready to make a contribution to the Frogs this season if need be.

Jeremy Clark, HornedFrogBlitz.com

- A consensus four star running back on Rivals, Scout, 24/7 and ESPN and a top 25 positional recruit, Hicks' commitment was a huge coup for the Frogs on the recruiting trail. Hicks sported offers from national powers Michigan and Notre Dame as well as the big dogs of the local scene, Texas A&M and Texas. Hicks is a big deal for the Frogs not just because he's a top tier talent, but he's also a rare head-to-head win over the Longhorns, who are routinely slow to offer unless kids get on their campus- and the first recruiting win over the biggest guys on the block since TCU joined the Big 12.

- Hicks was initially committed to the aforementioned Texas Longhorns for months before flipping to the Frogs in December, causing a general meltdown on Longhorn sites who are used to the Horns flipping TCU kids and not the other way around. The major factors in Hicks' switch to TCU were his former Martin teammate Devonte Fields tearing things up in the Big 12 and being only 15 minutes away from home. Getting your mom to see every game without having to drive to Austin or find a bar with the Longhorn network is a big recruiting pitch, and hopefully one that will continue to serve the Frogs well as we try to lock up the metroplex.

- According to the recruiting sites what Hicks lacks is top end speed, despite him being listed as running a 4.4 forty. However, as high school 40 times aren't the most reliable indicators of speed, we'll defer to the lack of top end speed judgement until we see otherwise. With that caveat thrown out though, Hicks' game tape shows a great variety of moves and effortless avoiding of would be tacklers. While he was committed to the Longhorns fans were throwing out comparisons to another #22 that everyone in the metroplex will be familiar with, and though that comparison is grossly premature, a poor man's Emmitt Smith would be an excellent best case scenario for Hicks. To watch the wiggle in action, check out Hicks' hudl page.

- The one cause for caution with Hicks is injuries, as he's already had his foot broken twice and missed Martin's first round playoff game against Southlake with a torn ACL. The good news is that with the injury and TCU's depth at running back *knock heavily on wood* Hicks should be a lock for a redshirt, and come into the 2014 season with a shot at the highly touted Aaron Green and last year's last man standing, B.J. Catalon for the starting job. Look for Hicks to be part of a typical Patterson multi-headed rushing attack in 2014 and return duties where he can put that wiggle to good use.

- Hicks has impeccable fashion.

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