Several true freshmen are pushing for playing time this season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top cornerbacks by Rivals.com (No. 68), ESPN.com (No. 71) and Scout.com (No. 74) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 117) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . listed among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No 48) and ESPN.com (No. 54) . . . three-year starter for Coach Jim McQuaide at Solon (Ohio) High School . . . helped the Comets to a combined record of 27-8 (.771) . . . two-time first-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference selection (2011-12) . . . had 33 receptions for 542 yards (16.4 avg.) and eight touchdowns as a senior . . . returned 11 kickoffs for 219 yards (19.9 avg.) in 2012 . . . also returned 12 punts for 200 yards (16.7 avg.) and one score as a senior . . . recorded 15 tackles (9 solos, 6 assists) and a team-leading four interceptions in 2012 . . . caught a career-best eight passes for 82 yards and intercepted two passes vs. Brunswick . . . had six receptions for 109 yards and two TDs (32 and 34 yards) and his 40-yard punt return set up another score vs. Twinsburg . . . scored on a 78-yard punt return vs. Buchtel . . . had six catches for a career-best 120 yards and two TDs (38 and 46 yards) in the 2012 season opener vs. Shaker Heights . . . his 46-yard TD grab with 19 seconds left gave the Comets a 24-21 win over Shaker Heights . . . earned second-team all-district honors as a junior . . . caught 25 passes for 275 yards (11.0 avg.) and two scores in 2011 . . . accounted for six total touchdowns as a junior, with four coming on returns . . . returned 12 kickoffs for 530 yards (44.2 avg.) in 2011, including a career-long 92-yard runback for a TD . . . registered a career-best 41 tackles (23 solos, 15 assists), including three for losses, and two interceptions in 2011 . . . credited with 31 tackles (18 solos, 13 assists), including one for a loss, as a sophomore . . . led the team with six interceptions in 2010, including a 67-yard return for a TD vs. Mentor . . . also competed in track and field . . . boasts personal bests of 5-9 in the high jump and 23-0 in the long jump . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan wide receiver Tres Barksdale . . . son of Arthur and Melanice Hicks . . . born Aug. 21, 1995 . . . majoring in biomedical laboratory science.
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