Hicks' Coach Talks About Commitment

Donald Forbes- SOR Publisher

Nov 2, 2012

By: Donald Forbes- SOR Publisher




Rutgers got an early start on the 2014 class last week with the commitment of running back Josh Hicks. According to his high school coach former Scarlet Knight David Marino, Hicks’ breakout game was against national powerhouse Manatee last year. The Palmetto star ran for 244 yards which helped to attract the attention of numerous national powers. Miami and Alabama were some of the programs to make their intentions known to Nick.


A visit to the Rutgers campus for camp apparently was enough to sell Hicks on Rutgers. Annually, Coach Marino took a couple of players with him to the Rutgers Summer Camp. Last summer, Coach Marino took the rising junior running back and rising senior wide receiver Cory Crawford. As a part of the trip, he took both players to New York City where Hicks was impressed by the attractions that the Big Apple had to offer.


“Florida, Florida State and Miami could only get so many. New York City and Philadelphia are popular places to be. Hicks was impressed by the Rutgers campus and its proximity to both”, stated Coach Marino.


The addition of Hicks adds a home run threat to the Rutgers offense. Last season, Hicks ran for 1189 yards and 11 touchdowns with his longest run being 86 yards. Hicks also starred on the Palmetto’s track team where he was the anchor man of the 4x100 relay that participated in the Florida Championships. He also clocked a personal best of 11.14 at the FHSAA 3A District 11 finals


“Josh is a tough runner who runs between the tackles and has the shiftiness to make defenders miss. Once he gets into the secondary, he is gone. He has that legitimate 4.4 breakaway speed. Josh has run away from the best of them. When Jamison graduates, he has the ability to be that guy”, stated Coach Marino.


Hicks is obviously a rising talent in one of the most heavily recruited states in the country. As Hicks continues his success, many of the nation’s perennial powers will make their case for being his new home. Although Coach Marino states anything could happen between now and his signing day, he feels Hicks will uphold his commitment.


“Art Kehoe (Miami offensive line coach) has already came in to offer Josh in the spring and Josh knows it “, explained Coach Marino. “After Josh attended the Rutgers camp, he was ready to commit. But I wanted him to compare Rutgers to other schools. We camped at Alabama. The coaches liked him and offered. Two of the best programs have offered him. So how many supermodels are going to come in before people realized Rutgers is the place where he wants to go”