Hicks picks Texas over Buckeyes

One of the Midwest's top recruiting prizes is leaving the region to play his college ball, as standout prep linebacker Jordan Hicks picked Texas over both Ohio State and Florida.

Hicks, ranked as the nation's top linebacker and No. 4 player by ESPN's Scouts Inc., announced his decision earlier this afternoon at Lakota West High School outside Cincinnati.

Though Texas appeared to be the frontrunner for Hicks, it's still tough for Ohio State to lose the state's top player to another program. Ohio State has eight in-state commitments, including offensive lineman Andrew Norwell and cornerback Christian Bryant, but Hicks would have been huge.

Two big prizes remain out there for the Buckeyes, who hope to land offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson and Matt James on National Signing Day.