Hickman, who hails from Chicago, is ranked 212th nationally, and 21st nationally by position. The Simeon High School standout, regarded by professional scouts as one of the top catching prospects in the Midwest, is ranked as the fifth best player in the state of Illinois. Hickman, who signed his letter of intent at a Chicago White Sox signing day ceremony, is a four-time White Sox Double Duty Classic Selection (2008-2011). He is a two-time White Sox Midwest Area Code Team selection (2010, 2011), a two-time White Sox and USA Baseball Breakthrough Series selection (2009, 2010) and a two-time USA Baseball Tournament of Stars selection (2010, 2011). The 6-foot-5, 210-pound catcher was a Perfect Game National Showcase Selection and a Royals Midwest Showcase Selection in 2011. Additionally, he was an IHSAA 4A all-state selection and a member of the CPS City runner-up team in 2011.
"Blake is a big time prospect that has had the opportunity to travel across the country the past few summers and play in some major events," said (Iowa Head Coach Jack) Dahm. "He looks like a big-leaguer. He's 6-5, 210 pounds and he's got a plus arm, so he is a prototypical catcher that we feel can make a big impact in our program. One of the things we've learned is that we've recently lacked some power in our program, and we think that Blake can turn into an outstanding offensive player along with being a great catcher."