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6-5, 210, TE
247Sports composite: 3 stars
Rivals: 3 stars
ESPN: 4 stars
Other key offers: Iowa, LSU, Oregon, Mississippi, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin
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How he got here: One of the most versatile, talented players in the class, Hickman was a standout two-way guy at Burke and helped pave the way for the school’s first state title. During his career, he caught 63 passes for 1,346 yards and 20 touchdowns — a 21.4-yard average — while logging 23 1⁄2 tackles for loss the past two seasons. Hickman was pretty quiet for much of the recruiting process, but visited Nebraska the most and ultimately picked the Huskers on Sept. 15 at an NU home game.
Our take: Hickman is a top-shelf athlete who needs a year to fill out his frame. He could play multiple positions at Nebraska, but tight end seems like a good fit, especially if he has the speed to flex out as a slot receiver. He’s a better-than-average in-line blocker for his current size, flashes good hands and could be a mismatch for outside linebackers and safeties.
It’s also not a stretch to see Hickman eventually became an outside linebacker. With athletes like this, you build their bodies and find the position fit as you go.
They said it: “We had him rush the passer, play linebacker, play wideout, play tight end, lead block. He’s our long snapper. Never comes off the field. He’s a true football player.” — Burke coach Paul Limongi
In-state Husker football commits since 2000
Several in-state players have fulfilled the dream of staying home and playing at Memorial Stadium. Here's every in-state scholarship commit since 2000.