I was a Utah fan growing up and really didn't think BYU was where I'd play football if I was lucky enough to play in college. —Bingham's Keegan Hicks
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SOUTH JORDAN — While most programs are focused on wrapping up their 2012 signing classes, BYU is getting an early start on its 2013 class. Following junior day on Saturday, the Cougars offered and then committed Bingham's Keegan Hicks.
Hicks is a 6-3, 280 offensive line prospect who first attended BYU's junior day following his sophomore season. The experience was an enlightening one and one that changed his perspective.
"I was a Utah fan growing up and really didn't think BYU was where I'd play football if I was lucky enough to play in college," said Hicks. "Coach (Dave) Peck made sure I went to junior day at BYU though and it really changed what I thought about BYU."
Junior days are recruiting functions held twice a year. Typically a program holds a non-workout junior day in the late winter or early spring and another workout-based junior day during the summer.
Following his attendance of this past junior day, Hicks was met with a BYU offer, which he quickly snatched up.
"I've been there a few times and I've come to know that it's the right school for me," he said. "It's a huge honor to be part of a program that represents the church and I'm excited about having that opportunity."
Hicks is LDS and has definite plans to serve a mission.
Another big reason for his commit stems from having so many Bingham Miners currently in BYU's program. Over the years he's forged strong relationships with current Cougars such as Kesni Tausinga, Manoa Pikula, Baker Pritchard and Moses Kaumatule — all of whom signed with BYU in 2010.
"I really looked up to all of those guys," said Hicks. "I know that they're great players and great people and really love that I'll have the opportunity to play with all of them again — especially with Kesni. We're very good friends."
Hicks will play offensive line while at BYU and has gained a lot of respect for offensive line coach Mark Weber.
"I love all the coaches there, but yeah, I really like coach Weber," said Hicks. "During the camps there I've learned so much from him. He definitely knows his stuff and he'll make me a great player. I love the mission of BYU and I love everything about them. It's where I know I need to be."