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In life, people have to make decisions each and every day. Some of those decisions are bigger than others, some of those decisions are made out of convenience, some are made to appease others and some are made to continue chasing a dream. No one knows more about making decisions to keep a dream alive than Darius Hicks. “Every choice I have made has been a choice that helps me continue to play football,” Hicks stated.
The 6’3″ 215 pound wide receiver, the eldest of four kids, grew up with very humble beginnings right outside of Dallas, Texas. Hicks’ sole focus has always been football. He fell in love with football after seeing his uncle Anthony Hicks play at the University of Texas. “He pretty much got me started at what I wanted to do and what I wanted to be,” stated Hicks. Although he loved football, Hicks didn’t really play organized football until his senior year. “I still was playing street ball, pick-up games and seven-on-seven.”
The NFL prospect played at a high school where passing the ball was not a priority. The Wing-T offensive scheme at his high school was very run-heavy and didn’t give the athletic wide out a chance to show his talents.
He might not have had the chance to really showcase his talents but his skill-set was very unique. Hicks uses his large frame to position his body between the defender and the ball. His sneaky speed compliments his sure hands. “My best attributes is catching the ball as a receiver and running the ball,” says Hicks. The sure handed wide receiver is also a threat to take it all the way for a touchdown.
The talented receiver love players from the past like Jerry Rice and Randy Moss but there is one receiver he compares himself to. “I like to compare myself to A.J. Green, I think we have the same attributes,” stated Hicks. Although he can’t relate to small receivers, his favorite player is DeSean Jackson. Playing wide receiver wasn’t the only position the athletic player excelled at. Hicks also played cornerback although he prefers wide receiver. “It’s harder but I enjoy the challenge.”
“Every choice I have made has been a choice that helps me continue to play football.”
The Texas native did not let the lack of opportunity at his high school stop him as he walked on at Navarro College to start his collegiate football career. The wide out dealt with more obstacles as he did not get many chances to show how good he could be at Navarro.
Although there were a lot of situations that could have took his mind off of football including the blessing of having a daughter in 2016, he still kept his focus on his goal. “A lot of decisions I make now is not just about me anymore.” He credits his success to his maturation process. “My whole mindset is I can’t let anything stop me from getting to the league because that won’t help anyone.”
His sophomore year, the walk-on transferred to Lincoln University of Missouri. Hicks finally got a chance to show off his explosion which led him to realize that he made the right choice. “It was my first time I caught a kickoff return,” recalled Hicks. “I returned it for a 93-yard touchdown.”
“My best attribute is going up to catch the ball at its highest point.”
He also displayed his wide receiver skills during his junior and senior years after earning more playing time. The long and lanky receiver made lots of big plays using his 39′ vertical and 4.5-40 speed. “I love the go-route because of my ability to out jump the cornerback,” said Hicks. His play on the field earned him an invite to the Tropical Bowl, which was played in Daytona, Florida.
Darius Hicks has been humble a young man who has gone through a lot to get to this point. He is sure that he is not done yet and is willing to work from the bottom to make himself a viable NFL player. The former Blue Tiger wants to be in the NFL more than anything in the world and will do whatever it takes to make being a professional football player a reality. “I want to be remembered as a big-time and explosive playmaker at the highest level of competition.”
Darius Hicks highlight video. http://www.hudl.com/profile/2540032/darius-hicks
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