Notre Dame parts ways with cornerback commit Elijah Hicks
On Monday night, most of Notre Dame’s football commits shared the same message on Twitter.
“Trust the process,” they each wrote alongside a picture of former Notre Dame football players in a huddle.
It was a symbol of their unity as a recruiting class in the hours after four-star cornerback Paulson Adebo withdrew his commitment to the Irish.
The process continued Tuesday with more news regarding the 2017 Irish recruiting class. A source at Notre Dame indicated the coaching staff has decided to part ways with Elijah Hicks, who hasn’t shown complete commitment to the Irish.
Hicks, a four-star recruit according to Rivals, was one of only a few Notre Dame commits to not share the Twitter message on Monday. The status of his commitment has been in question since he made an official visit to Michigan in November. He has offered little comment publicly since his trip to Ann Arbor.
The Tribune learned Tuesday that Hicks had also made a visit to California while committed to the Irish. Hicks did not respond to an interview request Tuesday night.
The 6-foot, 170-pound product of La Mirada (Calif.) High gave his commitment to Notre Dame in October after an official visit for the game against Stanford. He appeared to be a fit for Notre Dame’s secondary, which is left with only one commitment in the 2017 class from safety Isaiah Robertson, who will enroll in classes next week.
With the final weeks of the recruiting cycle burning away before signing day on Feb. 1, Notre Dame needs to identify its remaining targets. Cornerback will certainly be one of the biggest needs with the subtraction of Hicks and Adebo.
The first new cornerback offer went to Noah Daniels, a 6-foot, 190-pound TCU commit, on Monday night. Daniels, a senior at League City (Texas) Clear Creek, was previously committed to Baylor. Both Rivals and 247Sports peg Daniels as a three-star recruit. More new offers are expected as the recruiting dead period ends Thursday.
Hicks was named the Whittier Daily News All-Area Football Player of the Year after his senior year. Playing in all three phases of the game, Hicks recorded 31 receptions for 483 yards and five touchdowns, five interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and three touchdowns as a special teams returner.
Rivals ranks Hicks as the No. 19 athlete, a tag given to a player without a designated position, in the 2017 class. 247Sports slates him as the No. 50 cornerback in the class.
Without Hicks, Notre Dame is left with 15 commitments in the 2017 class.
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