Hicks and Hall: from HS teammates to Big 12 enemies

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Marcus Hicks and Breece Hall are like brothers on Friday nights for the Northwest Grizzlies, but come Saturdays next fall, the two teammates will be sworn enemies.

"When we're on the field, we're competitors and we're just going to come for each other," said senior running back Hall, the newest Iowa State commit.

Hicks will soon be seeking to destroy him and other Big 12 running backs, as an Oklahoma defensive end.

He heard from 22 different division one schools throughout the recruiting process, but the prospect of starting his freshman year for the Sooners would be a dream come true.

"They're really going to be watching me this year just to see how much I've improved, and that's motivation enough," he said. "So I just have to play like I don't have anything like no offers, no standards."

Head Coach Steve Martin said some athletes can feel discouraged when they don't receive offers right away. However, when you have a teammate like Marcus Hicks, all players benefit.

"I mean we had the University of Georgia and Oklahoma getting ready to play a National Title Game in our weight room watching us workout. University of Alabama was in our weight room watching us workout," he said. "If that's not motivating you, then you're losing an opportunity. "

Hall sure took advantage of that opportunity, committing to the first school that offered him a chance.

"I couldn't believe it when [Iowa State] offered me, because coming in my freshman year, and me now, I never thought that this would happen."

Now, Hall and Hicks have the chance to cap off their senior campaigns as one of the newest 5A favorites for a state championship, after their move down from 6A this summer.

Northwest finished its last season in 6A 10-2, losing to Derby in the Regional Championship.