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Hicks Gives Dantonio Great News

One of Mark Dantonio’s top defensive targets, cornerback Darian Hicks (Solon, Ohio/Solon), is now a Michigan State commitment.

Darian Hicks could play on both sides of the ball at Michigan State

“I committed about 25 minutes ago,” Hicks said. “I just called coach (Mark) Dantonio and told him I want to be part of the family. He was fired up and excited that I’m coming to Michigan State.

"He said I'll get the chance to play early and we will be a successful team."

Hicks worked out at the Spartans’ camp on Saturday and Dantonio told him he could play on both sides of the ball – cornerback and some wide receiver if he were to become a Spartan. Hicks likes that opportunity, but sees himself as a cornerback first.

The 5-foot-10 and 172-pound Hicks played quite a bit on the varsity his sophomore season before starting every game during his junior season as Solon finished 10-2. Hicks made 41 tackles and intercepted three passes. He also started at wide receiver.

Hicks had at least 17 scholarship offers including Penn State, Illinois, Iowa, Boston College, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Minnesota, Virginia and Pitt before selecting the Spartans.

“I just like the Michigan State coaching staff,” Hicks said. “I like the players I met and everything felt right.”

Hicks is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings. He is the country's No. 27 cornerback prospect and the No. 20 prospect in the state of Ohio.

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