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February 18, 2012Another day, another commitment for the Texas Longhorns. For the fourth straight day, Texas secured a pledge from one of the state's top prospects, this time with a commitment from Arlington Martin running back Kyle Hicks.
The 5-10, 190-pound Hicks put in the call to Texas on Saturday night giving the Longhorns their fifth commitment of the 2013 class.
"It went down about 30 minutes ago. I talked to coach (Bruce) Chambers, and he put me on with coach (Mack) Brown," Hicks said. "I told them I wanted to play for the University of Texas. "They were very excited about it. They said they can't wait to get me down there."
Hicks attended UT's junior day last Sunday, where he picked up an official scholarship offer. Shortly after leaving the UT campus on Sunday, Hicks said it was tough walking away without committing. Texas was his clear leader, but he wanted to take a little time to think things over. On Saturday, he decided he'd waited long enough and he put an end to the recruiting process with his call to the UT coaches.
"I just love the coaching staff. Coach (Major) Applewhite and me have a great relationship," Hicks said. "I've been talking to (Texas) every other day, getting to know them. I just see myself playing there, and I didn't want to pass it up."
Hicks is a dynamic athlete with the ball in his hands, and he thrives at making people miss in space and using his quickness to turn in big plays. His running style is different than the bruisers that Texas currently has on campus - guys like Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron - and Hicks said he's confident he'll find his niche in the UT offense.
"They said we all have our different styles of playing. They were saying I could be a wildcat back, work in different formations, things like that," Hicks said. "Whatever they need. I'm just happy. I'll play hard, try to get Ws for my team. Whatever they ask."
Hicks rushed for 1,685 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior. He added 15 receptions for 234 yards and two scores. Prior to committing to Texas, Hicks had received offers fro the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan, Notre Dame, TCU and Texas A&M.
"It's a pretty big relief, not having to worry about what school you have to go to," Hicks said of his decision. "Now I can focus on getting better in the off-season and winning a state championship next year."
One of the hotter prospects in the state in the past few weeks, Hicks is ranked No. 45 on the most recent Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.