One of the top overall players in the class of 2023 is on campus at Notre Dame on Thursday. This is a big visit for the Fighting Irish, as the staff is looking to make a great impression.
This is the first trip to South Bend for Allen (Texas) high school five-star defensive lineman David Hicks. The 6-4, 250-pounder is ranked as the No. 22 overall player in America, No. 8 defensive lineman nationally and No. 3 prospect in the state of Texas. 247Sports has him ranked slightly lower at No. 26 overall in the class.
This trip to Notre Dame is part of a long road trip for the Hicks family. As previously reported by 247Sports National Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong, Hicks already visited Texas A&M on June 1, Texas on June 3, LSU on June 5, Alabama on June 7, Georgia on June 10, Clemson on June 11, Ohio State on June 15 and Michigan on June 16. He’s at Notre Dame on June 17, Oklahoma on June 19 and Florida on June 25.
From what Irish Illustrated has already learned, Hicks and defensive line coach Mike Elston are really hitting it off during this visit. The two are attached at the hip, rightfully so, and things seem to be going as well as anyone could expect.
As a sophomore, Hicks racked 52 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss and five sacks.
247Sports’ Midlands region recruiting analyst, Gabe Brooks, had this to say about Hicks’ ability:
“In the 6-foot-4, 250- to 255-pound range, Hicks owns the look of a strong-side end type and the physical ceiling of an interior player. The bottom line is that he will fit multiple roles in varying defensive fronts. Hicks is a physical, athletic front-line defender who flashes impressive suddenness and disengaging ability. He’s fairly long and uses his reach to stack-and-shed vs. the run, while also helping his tackling efficacy. He swallows up ball carriers with that length and his impressive pursuit ability… Additionally, Hicks owns a strong athletic profile that includes basketball, shot put, and discus. His play strength and close-quarters power manifest in his disengaging ability. He can simply toss offensive linemen aside to make a play on the ball.”