Academics as Important as Football for Lance Reaves-Hicks

For Piqua (Ohio) prospect Lance Reaves-Hicks he’s heard the doubters before. Standing 6-foot, 285-pounds, some may look at the defensive tackles as being too short to play at the Division One level.

However, like Robert Landers and Terrill Bryd before him, Reaves-Hicks has used his explosive first step, power, and leverage to win over those who matter most, college football coaches with over 20 schools having given him scholarship offers.

First Star Football Report spoke with Reaves-Hicks about his recruitment, dealing with recruiting while being quarantined and how prestigious Ivy League schools might be able to pull him away from the bright lights of BCS football schools.

“Academics have always been a pretty big thing for me,” Reaves-Hicks stressed. “I’ve always excelled in school. I’m not saying it came easy to me, but it came naturally and my academics are important to me.

“I was surprised and honored when I got offers from Ivy League schools. I think Penn was the first to offer me and Harvard has been recruiting me for a while. However, it took them a while to offer me.”

With a growing offers list that includes Cincinnati and several Mid-American Conference programs, could Reaves-Hicks spurn BCS football programs in favor of FCS and the academic powers of the Ivy League?

“Most definitely,” he stressed. “Cincinnati is a big offer for me and I’m not sure what other offers I’ll end up getting or if we’ll even play football this year.

“I’m all about notoriety and longevity and think Harvard, Yale, Penn, and Princeton and whatever degree I would get if I would decide to go to one of those places, would help ensure long term success for me. That is big for me.”

How big was it when the Bearcats offered?

“It was a blessing that they offered me,” he continued. “I’ve been talking with Coach (Greg) Scruggs and Coach (Marcus) Freeman. They didn’t talk with me during the season, but I think they started talking with me in February. The day I was scheduled to visit was the day everything was canceled. Cincinnati is one of the schools on my board I’ve wanted to go to for a long time.”

When watching Reaves-Hicks on film it was easy to see he brings a wrestling background to his game. How big of a role has wrestling played in his football development?

“Wrestling has been a big factor in my life,” he said. “I’ve not always liked wrestling, to be honest. It’s something my dad made me do early in life. I’ve always been pretty good at football and quick off the ball. But wrestling elevated my game physically and mentally because it puts you in a place where you have to come through for yourself. You don’t have a teammate on the mat with you so it teaches discipline, mental toughness, and hard work. It’s a brotherhood and different and like no other school. It’s also big on teaching leverage.”

How frustrating has it been with the country in shutdown from the coronavirus when it comes to recruiting?

“It’s pretty frustrating,” stressed Reaves-Hicks. “While I don’t think I’d be ready to commit, I wanted to be closer to a decision. I would like to at least see these places that have offered me and learn more about each school, their academics, and their football programs.”

You can check out Lance Reaves-Hicks from the following HUDL highlights from this past season.

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