Texas A&M landed its second five-star commitment in the 2023 recruiting class on Wednesday when coveted defensive line prospect David Hicks chose the Aggies over Oklahoma and a host of other top programs. Hicks is considered the No. 12 overall player in the class by 247Sports, is ranked as the No. 1 defensive lineman and considered the top-rated prospect in Texas.
The Aggies fended off the Sooners in a dramatic battle for the 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect from Katy, Texas. In the aftermath of Hicks' commitment to Texas A&M, 247Sports reported that as late as Tuesday night Hicks felt the Sooners were his frontrunner. Ultimately, though, he cited his relationship with Texas A&M assistants Elijah Robinson and Nick Williams for why he chose the Aggies.
"It's been the same since I've been going there in the eighth grade," Hicks told 247Sports. "I see family, I see some great coaches that really gel together and really truly believe in their players."
With the addition of Hicks, Texas A&M's class will rise from No. 24 to No. 18 in the 247Sports Team Rankings. Hicks is the Aggies' 12th commitment of the cycle and joins linebacker Anthony Hill from Denton, Texas, as the five-star members of the class.
247Sports midlands region recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks noted that Hicks should be able to fit "numerous roles and schemes" at the college level. Below is an excerpt of Brooks' scouting report on Hicks.
Displays impressive downhill pursuit juice relative to size and role. Early senior season snaps include multiple three-man spots i.e. 0-, 3-, and 5-techniques. Could fit myriad personnel looks given physical tools and functional athleticism. Possesses strong three-sport athletic profile that includes basketball and throws events. Has eclipsed 50-foot shot put threshold and 150-foot discus plateau. Explosive power transfers to the gridiron. Good combine testing data with excellent short shuttle numbers. Flashes throw-aside strength of offensive linemen. Plays violent with consistently hot motor. Sometimes shows some body control wobble that adds a tic to pursuit route. Pass-rush production is strong, but further along vs. run at this point. Flashes disengaging ability and impressive swim, but expanding move set will continue to raise pass-rush ceiling.