Why 3-star ATH Amauri Pesek-Hickson Committed to Michigan after Quiet Recruiting Process

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Why 3-star ATH Amauri Pesek-Hickson Committed to Michigan after Quiet Recruiting Process

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Why 3-star ATH Amauri Pesek-Hickson Committed to Michigan after Quiet Recruiting Process

Amauri Pesek-Hickson started on the JV football team as a freshman, but a fractured foot forced him to take a seat.

Pesek-Hickson quit football altogether.

Without playing football for his sophomore and junior year at Blue Valley North High School in Leawood, Kansas, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect’s basketball recruitment took flight. After some time, interest from colleges for Pesek-Hickson’s services on the hardwood slowed down.

“I got ranked in basketball, but that fell off,” Pesek-Hickson said. “I wanted to keep my options open, so I got back into football.

“I fell back in love with the game.”

Pesek-Hickson, without definitive knowledge of his future, decided to play football again as a senior. Just a few months after the 2018 season began, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh called with an offer on Oct. 30.

In the week leading up to Pesek-Hickson’s visit to Michigan on Nov. 17, he contacted Harbaugh to accept the offer but waited until the visit to release his commitment to the world.

Through conversations with his parents, teammate Graham Mertz, a 2019 four-star quarterback committed to Wisconsin, and head coach, Pesek-Hickson knew Michigan was home.

“I pulled the trigger before I got there, but I just felt it,” Pesek-Hickson said. “I felt the magic and the atmosphere. It felt like home right away.”

Mertz, despite being committed to the Badgers, encouraged Pesek-Hickson to join the Wolverines. The two are looking forward to future games against each other in the Big Ten Conference.

“Our school is excited for both of us,” Pesek-Hickson said. “He didn’t push me away from the (Michigan) decision. He felt it was the right fit for me.”

Clicking with fellow Michigan 2019 commits three-star safety Joey Velazquez, four-star tight end Erick All and four-star offensive tackle Karsen Barnhart on the recent visit gave Pesek-Hickson the family feel of the Wolverines.

“Chris Hinton added me to the group chat and introduced me,” Pesek-Hickson said. “We all are headed toward the same goal, so our connection works. We all want to win a national championship.”

All and Pesek-Hickson chatted about girls and football during the trip. The duo could even become roommates in the near future.

“We talked about how much fun we’re going to have together up in Ann Arbor,” All said.

“I could see me and him being close friends.”

Setting Michigan apart from Missouri State, Pesek-Hickson’s only other offer, was the love and comfortability of the Wolverines.

Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown, along with Harbaugh, plans to use Pesek-Hickson, a three-star athlete, mainly on the defensive side of the ball at safety, linebacker and viper. However, he could get time as a running back and wide receiver.

“I feel like I can be a really good defensive player in their system,” Pesek-Hickson said.

Undoubtedly leaving a legacy at Blue Valley North High School, Pesek-Hickson is looking forward to getting on-campus at Michigan in the summer of 2018 and creating a new legacy in Ann Arbor.

“I want people to think I was a good person and football player,” Pesek-Hickson said. “I don’t want anything that would degrade me as a person.”

Pesek-Hickson is ranked No. 824 in the nation, No. 56 at the athlete position and No. 6 in Kansas, per the 247Sports Composite.

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