When the Texas Longhorns received a commitment from James Martin (Texas) High School running back Kyle Hicks back in February, they got a multifaceted back whom some compared to Mark Ingram. They certainly must have been happy after the monster game Hicks put up against Skyline (Texas) High on Friday, even if Hicks may not have enjoyed the results. Martin lost 37-34.
Hicks still managed to carry the ball 34 times for 200 yards and scored twice. What’s more is that Hicks threw a pair of touchdown passes to receiver Michael Wilson, one of which was for 56 yards. A 5-10, 190 pound back, Hicks turned down offers from a number of schools, including Arkansas and Notre Dame, to play for Texas in 2013. With a running style that ESPN describes as “violent,” he is certainly a prospect to watch in the future. Longhorn fans should be excited to have him in Austin next season.
Despite Hicks’ best efforts, Martin just wasn’t enough for Skyline’s high powered offense. Led by three-star Ole Miss quarterback commit DeVante Kincade, Skyline outpaced Martin all game. Running back Jordan Stevenson started the game with 58-yard and 52-yard touchdown runs for Skyline and Martin never recovered.
Kincade, who committed to Ole Miss in early July, offset Hicks’ big game with an impressive performance of his own. The 6 foot, 180 pound dual threat quarterback went 14 for 22, rack up 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Kincade added a rushing touchdown for good measure to propel Skyline over Martin.