While he's visited the Ft. Worth campus several times already, Hicks made his official visit to his future school over the weekend and once again came away very impressed.
"Everything was good, it was fun," he said. "I got to meet with the players and coaches and got to basically tour around the school again so everything went well. I talked to Coach Anderson more than I had before when I visited the school but I think everything else was pretty much the same."
Rated as a four-star and No. 22 runningback and No. 141 prospect in the Fox Sports NEXT 300, Hicks is undoubtedly one of the top backs in the country. He joins Alief Taylor runningback Trevorris Johnson, who was also in town, as the two backs on the Frogs' 2013 commitment list. It's been rumored that Johnson was considering Oregon lately and had discussed a possible visit. Hicks admitted that while he and Johnson were both in town, he needed to convince the big back that TCU was the place to be.
He appears to have accomplished just that and their future head coach, Gary Patterson, has already given the duo a catchy nickname.
"I was trying to let him know that TCU was the place to be," he said. "We got along great, I really like him. He's a good guy, he's really big too. Actually Coach P came up with some nicknames for me and him; he called him "thunder" and me "lightning". It's a catchy nickname for us, every time we saw each other we called each other that."
Hicks had a chance to sit down with Patterson before he left for the weekend and said the coach told him to come in and just be ready to compete. With sixteen true freshmen playing last season, that message rings true.
"Just come in and compete, nothing is given and everything is earned," he said. "He's really looking forward to us getting there, he says we have a good class and we should be able to do some big things."
Depending on what preseason predictions you read, TCU is expected to finish no worse than third in the Big 12 in 2013 with so many key players returning. Hicks and his fellow 2013 commitments have seen the predictions and they know they have some hefty expectations.
"We know it's going to take hard work and with great expectations you don't want to not live up to them," he said. "We know we've got to hard work and do stuff. We just don't want to be ‘we have the potential to do stuff', we want to play hard every game and come out with a W."
Hicks had surgery on his knee just a day after his switch to TCU last month and so far his rehab is going well.
"It's going well, we're actually starting to do the hard stuff now so I'm sweating a lot," he said.