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Oklahoma was the first Power 5 school to offer 4-star defensive end and new Sooners commit Marcus Hicks.

Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners were always there for Marcus Hicks

Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news, notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we look at the commitment from 4-star defensive end Marcus Hicks.

Marcus Hicks wanted a quiet summer

When DieHards met 4-star defensive end Marcus Hicks at The Opening Dallas Regional in late April, he admitted he wanted the summer to be a quiet one. He and has family traveled a lot over the spring, visiting schools near and far from his home in Wichita, Kan.

“I just want to get out and work on my craft and get better,” he told DieHards after his workout at Euless (Texas) Trinity High School.

The only official visit Hicks vowed to make was to Notre Dame the first weekend in September for its game against Michigan. The trip still might be on. It should be one of the biggest nonconference games of the season. Why not get to view it from the sideline?

But Hicks will do it as an Oklahoma commit. He pulled the trigger on Friday, pumping up the Sooners’ 2019 class to 13 members. They also have four defensive linemen in the class. Hicks joins 4-star defensive Joseph Weté, 3-star defensive end Kori Roberson and 3-star defensive tackle Derek Green in the class.

Hicks, the No. 313 player in the 247Sports composite rankings, held offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas. The difference was the relationship Oklahoma’s coaching staff built with Hicks early. The Sooners were the first Power 5 program to offer Hicks. He’s been a frequent visitor to Norman over the years. His last trip was in March and he already was planning to return in July.

“I really like (defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux), (defensive coordinator Mike Stoops) and (coach) Lincoln Riley,” Hicks said. “They’re all great guys.”

Hicks fits at the weakside defensive end/outside linebacker position. It’s what he plays at Northwest High School. The only difference between Hicks and other players Oklahoma has recently recruited at the position is you can easily see him growing into a true defensive end. Hicks is already 6-foot-5, 240 pounds. He has the frame to easily pack on another 30 pounds or he could stay at the same weight.

Oklahoma still in the hunt for Jeffery Carter

When 4-star cornerback Jeffery Carter (Aledo, Texas) de-committed from Oklahoma in January, the simple assumption was the No. 93 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings was done with the Sooners.

Carter told DieHards in April that wasn’t the case. The Sooners enter the summer in position to still land Carter.

He released his top 4 last week. Oklahoma is in there with Texas, Texas A&M and Alabama.

An important date for the Sooners will be in late July. If Carter is back in Norman for the ChampU BBQ, it could be Oklahoma’s chance to return to the lead spot. Remember, Carter committed to the Sooners after attending the event last year.

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