Deyon Hicks headlined a class of three Hardaway football players and one baseball player who signed scholarships on Wednesday inside the school’s gymnasium.
Hicks, a defensive back, signed to play with nearby Division I Troy of the Sun Belt Conference.
“I’ll be the covering corner on an island,” said Hicks, using a term made popular by NFL star cornerback Darrell Revis.
Hicks said that despite not playing for a Power Five conference school, he relishes the opportunity to play big schools that the Trojans schedule.
“I’ll love to play the big schools. We’ll play Clemson this year, so that should be good,” Hicks said.
The signing to a Division I school for Hicks came despite the Hawks having a combined 1-19 record over the past two seasons, which may have surprised the average bystander. Hicks credits hard work to leading him to Troy.
“A lot of people were surprised. A lot of people didn’t believe in me, but I made it and proved them wrong,” he said.
Hicks was joined by Jonathon Mack, who signed with Atlanta Prep Academy, and Christian McBride, who inked with Itasca Community College, which is located in Grand Rapids, Mich.
“I talked to the coach there, and he’s going to help me train at my position. It’s a blessing to continue playing football. It’s my dream,” Mack said.
“I’ll be far away, but I want to make my family proud. I talked to the coach, and he said I’d be a good fit to play up there right away,” McBride said.
Rounding out the Hawks’ student athletes who signed commitments on Wednesday was Sam Anthony, who signed a baseball scholarship with Western Oklahoma State.
“There’s a lot of people I know out there. My brother’s out there doing great things. I just felt that was the best decision for me and my future,” Anthony said.
Anthony was the only signee for a Hardaway baseball program that has been steeped in tradition over the years.
“It feels good (to sign), but it’ll feel better if we can get this championship in my senior year,” Anthony said with a smile.