For the love of the game

Jordan Hicks' first love was hoops, but things change when you're the nation's No. 1 LB

Updated: January 1, 2010, 1:01 PM ET
By Gerry Hamilton | Scouts Inc.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Linebacker Jordan Hicks (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) hasn't always been the hard-hitting, blitzing nightmare that earned him back-to-back All-State honors in the Buckeye State.

Long before reaching Under Armour All-American status, the No. 2 prospect in the ESPNU 150 had dreams of success in another sport. It was Carolina blue and white, the Dean Dome and Michael Jordan. Hicks loved basketball.

"I played basketball my whole life ever since I was ...

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