JEFFERSON—Georgia fullback signee Quayvon Hicks will report to Athens on June 4 with some big expectations set for him by running backs coach Bryan McClendon.
Quayvon Hicks, center, stands on the podium after winning a state championship in the discus on Thursday at Jefferson Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.
“He wants to see a high school student pretty much come in as a man,” the Pierce County product said. “We’re trying to be the best backfield in the nation so we’re going to have to put in a lot of work.”
There could be opportunity for the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Hicks to make an impact at a fullback position where Zander Ogletree is joined by walk-ons Merritt Hall and Dustin Royston. Tailback Richard Samuel also got work at the position this spring and could be a factor.
Ogletree is a 5-foot-10, 224-pound junior.
“Zander Ogletree I think is a great man, but in SEC ball, you’ve got to have the size and I think that’s what he’s missing right now,” Hicks said. “I think I can come in and become great teammates with him and we can do this thing together.”
Hicks did his thing in the discus and shot put at the GHSA state track meet this afternoon, winning the Class AA discus with a throw of 155 feet and finishing second in the shot put to Alabama defensive tackle signee Dakota Ball from Pepperell. Hicks recorded a best of 52 feet, 1 ¼ inch.
His throw in the discus was two feet less than his personal best. The first place showing was a marked improvement from seventh place last year as a junior.
Hicks also ran the 100-meters this year for his team.
“For me as a big man, it’s hard to see, but a lot of people love to see me run,” Hicks said. “I did it to be able to keep the speed. Throwing helps me use my hips.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt told a Bulldog Club in Augusta last month that Zander Ogletree “has done a pretty good job. He still has a ways to go as far as the consistent element. They’ll be a couple of plays that are just perfect and then there will be a couple that aren’t. Again, that’s just part of learning.”
Richt said he thought Georgia is “going to be pretty good at fullback, I believe.”
Hicks was rated as the No. 3 fullback nationally by Scout.com. He’s played the position since his sophomore season.
“I want to be versatile,” he said. “I want to catch the ball out of the backfield and pick up linebackers. Just be able to make holes for the running backs—Isaiah Crowell, Keith Marshall and the whole nine yards.”
–Note: Defensive line signee John Atkins from Thomson said he still needs a qualifying test score to be academically eligible. He said he will take the ACT again on June 9 and won’t enroll until he qualifies. He said Georgia has talked to him about the possibility of junior college. The 6-4, 325-pound Atkins expects to play nose guard at Georgia.