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Four-star Kalib Hicks breaks down Alabama, Arkansas, Miami, Oklahoma and TCU’s Top 5

Denton Ryan 2023 running back Kalib Hicks is one of the most wanted backs in Texas with over 20 offers.

On Thursday, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Hicks reduced that list to five.

Hicks is in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Miami and TCU.

He is ranked 46th prospect overall and 4th running back in the DCTF Class of 2023 rankings. Hicks rushed 216 times for 1,448 yards and 18 touchdowns while leading Ryan to a 12-2 record in 2021. He was also a key contributor for the Raiders when they won the state championship in 2020. His combination of quick feet and powerful running makes him hard to attack, and once he’s in the open field, there aren’t many people who can run with him.

Hicks broke down his Top 5 with DCTF:

Alabama: They have a winning culture and a coach like Saban knows football. He knows how to use players with different styles. Look at all the backs they’ve produced over the years.

Oklahoma: They have a strong culture of community and football. Coach [Demarco] Murray thinks he could be a good mentor to me and a good coach in my position because he played in the league. Also, education of course. I like what Coach Venables is doing there and I like the attacking style as well.

Arkansas: They are a great program and are of course at the SEC. I have a good relationship with the coaching staff. It’s a great education and it’s just beautiful there. I see the plan they have for me.

Miami: Due to their past success, they definitely have a strong culture. It’s just something I want to experience and visit and get away from the south. Coach Smith is a great coach and they have rotating fullbacks just like the rest of the schools.

TOS: It’s pretty close to my house. Coach Jones and Coach Dykes are trying to show up for DFW and find talent in the metroplex and build something strong and change the program. I can feel this vision. I like their offense and their interest in me.

Hicks will visit Oklahoma June 10-12, and while it’s the only officially locked visit, he plans to see Arkansas and Alabama in the future.

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