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A healthy Kyle Hicks will benefit TCU

12/3/2012

Last year, ESPN 150 athlete Daje Johnson committed to TCU in March, only to change his verbal to Texas and sign with the Longhorns in February.

TCU got its comeuppance on Monday.

ESPN 300 running back Kyle Hicks, a Texas commit since mid-February, chose to decommit from the Longhorns and give his verbal to the Horned Frogs early Monday afternoon. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back, ranked No. 219 in the ESPN 300, is TCU’s highest-ranked commit and the Horned Frogs’ 16th commit overall.

So what does this mean for both sides?

For TCU, it’s the signature commitment they’ve been looking for since joining the Big 12. Hicks currently is recovering from a torn left ACL and meniscus (he’s having surgery on his ACL Tuesday), and he’s additionally had to overcome broken bones in his right foot during his junior year.

Hicks told ESPN’s HornsNation that his decision -- one he contemplated for months -- was three-fold.

“One, I get to play for an outstanding football team,” Hicks said. “Two, I get a good education from a private school, and, three, it is 15 minutes from home.”

When healthy, however, Hicks is one of the most dangerous players in the Lone Star State. Prior to him being sidelined in November with teh injury, he had 1,114 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Hicks also threw for 467 yards and six touchdowns when lining up as a Wildcat quarterback.

While TCU is expected to benefit from a healthy Hicks, the bigger question might involve Texas. The Longhorns currently are without a running back commitment for the 2013 class, but is it as big a loss as expected? They have Johnathan Gray, Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown -- a sophomore and two juniors next season -- expected to return in 2013.

The 2014 Longhorns class has a running back commit in Donald "Duke" Catalon, a 5-foot-10, 193-pound back with good speed. They also have a fullback commit in 5-11, 220-pound Daniel Gresham, who could be use similarly to how Bergeron was used for Texas, as a burly back who can get the tough inside yards.

The switch definitely will benefit TCU down the road. Hicks is the No. 20 running back nationally and the No. 28 player in Texas for the 2013 class.

Of course, this is predicated on his upcoming rehabilitation going smoothly, and if he can stay healthy in college.