Position: Offensive Line
Previous College: None
Projection: Off Team
Status: On Scholarship
Blake Ryan Hickey (b. May 20, 1998) was the lone high school signee on the offensive line in the class of 2016.
He's also apparently already left the team, allegedly due to homesickness involving a girlfriend back in Texas. (Keep in mind this is all social media and message board speculation/innuendo, but there seems to be some smoke...)
That said, we've had kids "leave" the team before and still end up on the fall roster that year or the next, so on the off chance that he hasn't left the fold permanently, here's a quickie profile of Hickey's high school accomplishments.
A four-year letter-winner for Godley High School, including the final two years under head coach Duke Dalton, Hickey was rated the 43rd-best offensive guard in the class of 2016 by Scout.com — including a No. 8 ranking in the state of Texas — while ESPN ranked him No. 69.
A three-time first-team all-district performer who was named the District 4-4A Offensive Lineman of the Year as both a junior and senior, Hickey also was named a two-time Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A all-state honoree, including earning first-team accolades as a senior, while he also was a two-time all-area pick.
Hickey helped the Wildcats to earn a 3-2 record in district play as a senior, earning them a trip to the state playoffs.
He also participated in track and field, and played baseball and basketball. He was an all-district pick in basketball as a freshman and named the sixth man of the year as a sophomore. See his high school football highlights below: