Katy Paetow 2023 DE David "DJ" Hicks (6'4, 270) committed to Texas A&M over offers from Texas, Alabama, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Oklahoma and Oregon.
The five-star prospect is rated the No. 1 player in the DCTF Hot 100.
Hicks was also selected to the 2022 DCTF Preseason Whataburger Super Team, earning Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Scouting Report: Hicks has developed into a true monster up front, lining up on the edge or inside to create mismatches and terrorize ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage. He is freakishly strong and athletic, using a quick first step to put offensive linemen on their heels. Hicks uses his hands and various techniques to disengage and find the ball when engaged with blockers. He is a fearsome run-stopper who can also pressure the quarterback.
As a junior (Allen High School), Hicks racked up 88 tackles, 22 TFLs, and 13 sacks to earn 5-6A Defensive MVP honors.
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