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Wisconsin football recruiting: UW offers another 2023 running back

Kalib Hicks, out of Texas, is an under the radar prospect who could shoot up recruiting boards this fall.

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Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly (sometimes more) post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!

New offer

  • 2023 3-star (247Sports only) RB Kalib Hicks (Denton, Texas) out of Ryan High School received a scholarship offer from running backs coach Gary Brown on Thursday afternoon, according to Hicks’ Twitter account. Hicks also holds offers from Colorado, New Mexico, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, UTSA and Washington State. He does not appear to have any favorites yet.

Hicks stands around 5-foot-11 and weighs just under 200 pounds. He is rated as the No. 22 RB in the country by 247Sports and the No. 55 player in the state of Texas. In the 2020 season, Hicks ran for 851 yards on 119 carries (7.2 ypc) and scored seven touchdowns. He added nine receptions for 75 yards and a score as well.

Hicks is fast. According to his 247 profile he runs track, and it shows. For a younger player in Texas, he does not look out of place. He can run between the tackles and grind out extra yards as well as he can run past defenders to the end zone.

Not to diminish Hicks’ talents, but of the three running backs that the Badgers have offered in the ‘23 class Hicks is certainly the most...gettable. The other two, 5-star Richard Young (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) and 4-star Justice Haynes (Roswell, Ga.), have already fielded dozens of offers and the Badgers may have trouble standing out among the Ohio States and Alabamas and Georgias of the world.