Scouting Report: Josh Hicks, RB, Rutgers

Palmetto, FL | 5096 | 205 | 4.52E | 2018

All-purpose standout who can contribute in various ways, especially in the return game but also as a change of back and also has even started at safety (7 tackles; one fumble recover). Named MVP of the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl with an eye opening 202-yard rushing performance. Averaging over 5.5yards per carry through his first two seasons. Needs to improve pass blocking skills and show the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield more; used very little in the pass game. Slippery as soap up the gut; straight-line runner who wastes little movement. A gear and gadget-type player, who you can spray all around the field. Currently a day three value, he will never be the focal point of an offensive attack for an extended period of time but when used right, can provide instant offense when you need to get the ball rolling!

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2016: Played in seven games with two starts … rushed 45 times for 157 yards … made three tackles on special teams.

2015: Played in 12 games with two starts, one at running back and one at safety … second on the team with 674 rushing yards, including two games with over 100 yards … had five touchdowns overall.

2014: Played final 12 games of the season with action on special teams and at running back … carried the ball in each of the last four games and in the home opener for 440 yards (second on the team) on 69 carries (6.4 yards per rush) … named MVP of the Quick Lane Bowl (12/26) after rushing 19 times for 202 yards (10.6 per rush) and one touchdown versus North Carolina.

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Palmetto for coach Dave Marino, a South Jersey native who played offensive guard for Rutgers from 1984-88 … played four seasons of varsity … rushed for 1,087 yards and 17 touchdowns, returning punts and kickoffs and playing safety in nine games as a senior … also contributed 47 tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball and returned a kickoff 99 yards for an additional score … team reached playoffs for fourth straight year, falling in the Class 7A-Region 3 quarterfinal … named Bradenton Herald First Team All-Area … played in the 59th Annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic held in Sebring, Fla. … managed to run for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing four games as a junior … verbally committed to Rutgers as a junior, the first player to do so since Betim Bujari in 2008 … also ran track, competing in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m … ran as quick as a 10.7 in the 100 meter and 21.2 in the 200 meter … 4×100 meter team won regional championship as a sophomore … a consensus three-star recruit … rated the 11th-best all-purpose back nationally by 247Sports and 42nd-best running back by Scout … gained exposure through the Under Armour All-American combine for underclassmen … attended Rutgers football camp.

Personal: A labor studies and employment relations major.