For Braxton Hicks, the long recruiting game has come to a close, as he decided last Saturday on his future. Just hours after winning a region championship at Union County, which gave the #1-ranked Rabun County Wildcats a sixth consecutive trophy, Hicks ended his recruitment with an announcement that he was heading to Athens.
“You know, it’s very ironic — UGA was the very first campus that I ever visited as a freshman and I have been trying to compare other schools to it from day one,” says Hicks. “It was not hard to see that there was nothing that could compare to what UGA and Coach [Kirby] Smart has to offer for young athletes that are hungry. I look forward to grinding to try to earn my spot on the field.”
Hicks leads Rabun with 46 catches for 879 yards and 9 TDs, leaving him one score shy of reaching double-digit TD catches for a third straight season. A playmaker from day one at Rabun, Hicks’ career has been nothing short of spectacular and historic, as he has to date 3,153 receiving yards and 43 TDs to go with 164 receptions, all school records. His yardage has him in the top 10 in state history.
With the recruitment out of the way, Hicks can concentrate on goal number one.
“It is definitely a big weight off of my shoulders, because every week my dad and I spent countless hours putting highlight films together and sending them out to colleges, texting colleges, and just trying to see who had a spot for me,” says Hicks. “Now, I can just focus on doing what we came to do this year at Rabun County — win a state championship!”
The recruiting is a love-hate relationship for many players like Hicks. Even the star receiver admits there are highs and lows of recruiting.
“The best part is easy — getting to meet all the coaches that you see on TV every Saturday, getting to visit campuses that are really cool places that you may never see,” says Hicks. “The worst part is what I like to call the dating game; love me today, don’t love me tomorrow. There is so much talent in high school football now, college coaches have to play the game and sometimes the game doesn’t go in your favor.”
Hicks also recognizes the people around him that help get him to this point.
“Rabun County football has gotten me so prepared for the next level,” states Hicks. “The coaches, staff, fellow players, and facilities are as good or sometimes better than at campuses I would visit. So I feel like I am very prepared to go to the next level and I am very excited to fulfill my dream of being a Georgia Bulldog. GO DAWGS!”