Marcus Hicks, father have enjoyable junior day visit
Marcus and Kelvin Hicks had been to Nebraska twice already. This visit, during the Huskers’ first junior day event for the 2019 recruiting class, would be the first time they returned to Lincoln since Scott Frost and his staff were hired.
That was a big deal for the Marcus, a 4-star outside linebacker, and Kelvin, his father. They had big expectations for the visit.
Frost and Co. managed to meet those assumptions for the No. 15 weakside defensive end and No. 254 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
They arrived in Lincoln late Friday night. By Saturday evening, they were making the 5-hour drive from Lincoln to their hometown of Wichita, Kan. The 24 hours in between, though, were pivotal — and successful for Nebraska.
Marcus and Kelvin already admired the campus, the fans, the community and Lincoln in general.
“We love everything about Nebraska,” Kelvin said.
Spending time with the coaching staff was the highlight of the trip, though.
“They were all great,” Kelvin said.
They spent a lot of time with Frost, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt. Nebraska legend Tom Osborne also made an appearance and hung out with them.
Kelvin said Marcus enjoyed himself the entire day.
“He loved it,” Kelvin said.
Matt Davison, Nebraska’s associate athletic director, was a constant at the Hicks’ side. Kelvin said it felt like there was always a coach nearby. Nebraska wanted to be sure it could cater to every one of the Hicks’ needs.
Kelvin and Marcus also caught up with Ryan Held, who has taken the lead in Marcus’ recruitment, but the running backs coach hung around the recruits on the offensive side of the ball more.
“We already loved Nebraska,” Kelvin said. “It was a matter of meeting the new coaches. It definitely solidifies them as contenders and one of the top schools we’re looking at. We feel like they’re a great coaching staff. Scott Frost’s record speaks for itself. You read things and you hear things, but just getting to know them personally now. We talked about family. You see what kind of personality they have.”
Huskers have plan for Marcus Hicks in defensive scheme
While watching practice Saturday, Kelvin quickly realized Nebraska would be a great fit for his son.
The coaching staff was the X-factor regarding Nebraska. The family has had to build a relationship based on only a couple of months knowing each other. Still, Marcus has taking a liking to the Huskers, according to his father.
“It was very positive,” Kelvin said. “He enjoyed them. He had fun with them. He liked them a lot.”
Being their third time on campus, the Hicks’ bypassed most of the tours the other junior day attendees went on, so they could spend more time with the coaches looking at film, discussing Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme and positions, and how Marcus would fit in their system.
“Very thorough, they were open to any questions,” Kelvin said of the conversations. “As much time as we needed, they were very cordial and answered every question that we had.”
Coming into the visit, Kelvin wanted to know whether Nebraska saw Marcus as a defensive end or outside linebacker. The Huskers indeed like him at outside linebacker. The way Nebraska described it, Marcus would play a position that is 80 percent pass rush, 20 percent coverage. Kelvin said Marcus doesn’t drop back much now, but the Huskers told them Marcus they believe has the combination of size and athleticism to do it.
Frost doesn’t tell prospects this often, Kelvin said, but he told Marcus he has tremendous potential — enough to reach the NFL.
“If he works hard enough, [Frost] said he has the capability to make it to the highest levels, as long as he keeps working hard,” Kelvin said. “As long as he works hard, to work twice as hard in college.
“They’re really high on him. It was really nice. They treated us really good.”