Was it Hicks or Thomas that supposedly really, really hates Michigan?
An Interview with Mylan Hicks
Mylan Hicks could be an important prospect for Michigan’s future. Mylan is a 2010 cornerback prospect out of Detroit Renaissance. Not only could Hicks fill a need at corner, but could help Michigan break up a pipeline that MSU seems to be building with his school. Take a look at his highlight film, and the conversation we had.
TOM: How is recruiting going for you so far, do you like the process?
MYLAN: It’s just a process you have to be patient with. I’m not in a big rush. I’m just going to sit back and wait for the offers to come in.
TOM: Have your teammates been helping you, or trying to persuade you?
MYLAN: Ishmael Thomas and Jared Hunter are in my class. Lawrence Thomas is in the 2011 class. We decided that every camp we go to, we’ll go together. I’m not sure if we’ll be a package deal, I don’t think any of us really know where we want to go. MSU is trying to build a pipeline from Renaissance.
TOM: Who are the leaders right now? Who are you hoping to hear from?
MYLAN: Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Toledo. I don’t really have an order. I definitely want to stay in the Midwest, but distance isn’t a factor. It would just be good to stay in state. I’m going to check out Vanderbilt on the 21st, and I’ve already been to Toledo. If anyone asks to see me, I’ll go.
TOM: You play RB, CB, and you also run track. What are you primarily getting recruited for in college?
MYLAN: Primarily a corner. Some schools have said I could be an athlete. I want to play corner though, and if I could return punts I’d like that too. I like to have the ball.
TOM: How has track helped you with football?
MYLAN: It gets you in shape to be ready for the whole season. It helps for me because I play both ways, and you do a lot of running at corner. I rarely came off the field, so it has kept me in the right shape to make plays.
TOM: What camps and combines are you going to this summer?
MYLAN: A camp in Columbus, the Badger camp. The Nike camp, the Michigan and MSU camps.
TOM: What kind of time table do you have as far as a decision?
MYLAN: After my senior season. I’m not in a rush.
TOM: What factors will play into who you choose?
MYLAN: I’m not really leaning anywhere; I’m equal with everyone right now. It depends on the relationship with the coaching staff, and whether or not I have a chance to play.
TOM: Being from Michigan, how do you think U of M and MSU compare as far as recruiting in state players?
MYLAN: I would say that both programs want kids to stay in state, obviously. I know for a fact that MSU is making an honest attempt to keep them in state. I’ve seen a lot of kids go to Michigan too though. I visited Michigan 2 weeks ago, and met Coach Rod. They’re all real cool guys, and they’re trying to keep everyone. I don’t think either school is doing a better job than the other.
TOM: What’s the perception of Michigan and MSU from your point of view? Did last season affect you, for either school?
MYLAN: Michigan has the winning history, the bowls, and championships. MSU is on the upcoming, and I think winning is in their future. Michigan just went through a transition, and so last season definitely didn’t affect me at all.
It must be Thomas, because he didn't mention anything negative about Michigan. He actually brought up Michigan a lot.
Could have sworn a few weeks ago someone said it was Hicks who grew up hating Michigan.
Maybe he backed off once he visited, liked some things, and realized it would be dumb to let his childhood rooting interests get in the way of his decision.
Look at a guy like Fred Smith. Didn't he come from a pretty die hard Michigan family? All early indications were that he was a Michigan lock and wasn't really considering State (though I realize our depth chart at the time had something to do with it).
Can't remember who it was but he said that Michigan had stepped up its effort towards Hicks and he had softened his view of them.
Obviously don't know if that guy has legit info but I do remember both posts.
He had previously expressed an affinity for State, and had come off as anti-Michigan, but now that course has changed with the increased recruiting, and he's rather high on Michigan now. I think it was a matter of growing up a State fan, having a rooting interest against Michigan and playing it up in conversation with me, and now realizing that UM is very interested, he is warming to the Wolverines. He could very well be Blue, but I think the State pipeline will continue at Renaissance [ :( ].
Both guys are apparently very high on Michigan now. Hicks has warmed to Michigan recently.
I don't believe in the "pipeline" theory. Each individual player should make the best decision for himself, and not worry about where kids from your high school go to college.
MSU has no special power over players from Renaissance High School.
After reading one interview, I'm obvs an expert on the kid's IQ.... But for reals, he comes of like an intelligent kid in this piece.
There's a place in Ann Arbor that can put that brain to good use (hint, hint)