Immanuel Hickman at Cincinnati (Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Football)
recruit804 Fab 30: Immanuel Hickman DE Matoaca #7
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Every once in a while you run into a prospect that shows you that the game of football is more than summer conditioning and game planning. The son of a pastor, Matoaca starting defensive end Immanuel Hickman is more than just a student of the game of football. He’s used his exposure in a way that not only shines a positive light on his person, but also Matoaca as a whole. It’s understood that after his senior season, the Warriors expect to see a lot less of Hickman. For this reason, Hickman is attempting to leave a legacy at Matoaca that’ll have collegiate programs stopping through long after he’s left.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in and around the city of Richmond. Continuing our countdown as the 7th best senior prospect region-wide is Matoaca starting defensive end Immanuel Hickman.
#7 Immanuel Hickman (2019 DE 6-3 230) – Matoaca High School
It’s no surprise that last season was a breakthrough season for Immanuel Hickman. If it wasn’t evident in the way he took his approach, maybe it was evident in the way he picked up 126 tackles (30 for loss) and 10.5 sacks. He was an absolute force off the edge last season for Coach Derrick Johnson and there’s nothing standing in the way of putting up the same type or numbers (or better) for new head coach Jay Parker. Hickman didn’t amass many palpable accolades and that’s something he made sure to point out over the summer, however; success can never be measured by the number of awards granted to a prospect.
Instead of mourning this lack of interest from the coaches, voters and writers; Hickman took his film on the road and started getting attention from multiple collegiate programs. In February he was finally able to pick up his first offer from East Carolina which was then followed by: Central Florida, Towson, Air Force, Cincinnati and Liberty. In total, Hickman was able to collect 21 collegiate offers before finally committing to Cincinnati in a move than stunned many followers within the Central Region.
“I had the whole dream of turning the hats around and having everyone guessing which program I was going to commit to. I had to earn the harsh reality that some people can do that and other people can’t. For me, I just couldn’t wait that long,” Hickman told recruit804 after committing.
Hickman has gotten the chance to travel with three other Central Region prospects to Mexico to play in the IFAF World Championships representing the U.S. National Team. They fell short of coming back home with the gold medal settling for the bronze medal upon returning. Since then the Matoaca product has taken to shutting off certain social media vehicles in an attempt to ensure distractions are kept to a minimum while preparing for his senior football season. This is the type of leadership coaches are looking for when searching for their next impact player.
– Brandon Mitchell
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