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WSU football recruiting: George Hicks III commits to Cougs

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The three-star defensive back prospect out of Southern California is the 7th known commit to Washington State for the 2017 class.

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The Washington State Cougars are getting ready to start their 2016 season yet the coaches are continuing to look toward signing day 2017: Three-star cornerback George Hicks III committed to the Cougars on Tuesday night.

Out of Cajon High School in San Bernadino, California, Hicks is rated three stars by scout.com. He's unrated by the other services and held offers from most of the midmajors out west -- Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, San Diego State, Utah State, and others. Less than a month ago the 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back didn't even have the Cougars in his top four.

Hicks clocked a 4.64-40 yard dash at The Opening in Los Angeles. That's not blazing, but he has excellent ball skills and gets his hands on a lot of passes.

According to his MaxPreps profile, he has accumulated 5 interceptions in his last two years -- three of them coming this past year, including one returned for a touchdown. In his sophomore year, he also caused two fumbles.

Hicks is the second corner to commit to this class joining Tayari Venable out of Rancho Cucamonga, California. He's the seventh commit and the first since Tyquez Hampton committed on June 10.