Bingham High School head coach Dave Peck expects his right tackle to lead the offensive line next year and pass on his knowledge to a group that could include four juniors starting alongside him.
Keegan Hicks, a senior at Bingham and recent Brigham Young University commit, said he is more than up to the challenge.
"I’ve always been the little guy. I’ve always had bigger guys whooping up on me and telling me what to do," Hicks said. "I’m excited to take what I’ve learned from them and just pass it down."
Peck said Hicks is a tenacious and fiery competitor during every play on the field.
"He’s a guy who will keep going until the whistle blows," Peck said.
The head coach also praised Hicks’ strength and physicality, both qualities the 6-foot-3, 275-pound offensive lineman prides himself on over the defenders he faces throughout the season.
"I’m usually bigger and stronger, and I’m usually coached better, too, so that definitely helps," Hicks said.
Hicks comes from a long line of football players. His cousin Jordan also played for the Miners and is now on scholarship at Utah State, while Jordan’s uncle Kerry played for the Kansas City Chiefs for two seasons as a defensive end.
Peck, who coached Jordan, said the older Hicks was taller, but said the younger Hicks is a better leader and plays with more of an edge. He said he fully expects Hicks to become one of the best blockers in the state for the 2012 Miner team.
"I really like Keegan a lot," Peck said. "He’s a hard-working kid who does a lot of good things for our program."
Hicks said he picked the Cougars originally because most of his friends also chose to go to Provo, but said one visit was all it took to sell him on the rest of the benefits at BYU.
"Once I got there and learned more about the program and the team, it just seemed like a really good place for me to be," he said.
His long-term goals are to be a two- or three-year starter for the Cougars and to get his degree from BYU. He also said he wouldn’t shy away from playing in the NFL if the chance came along someday.
"If by the time I’m done, if someone wants to pay me to keep playing football, I won’t be mad at all," Hicks said.
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