|Hometown:||College Park, Ga.|
Furman: Solid performer who returns for his second season as a starter in the Paladin secondary...will serve as a team captain this fall along with Justin Brown, Kyle McKinney, Jordan Sorrells, and Chris Truss. 2008 -- Played a key role in Furman's new 4-2-5 defensive scheme, earning starts in all 12 games at the newly created bandit position...tallied 69 tackles, four tackles for-loss, and an interception...collected a season high nine tackles, including two for-loss, and a pass deflection against Appalachian State...recorded eight stops against both Virginia Tech and Georgia Southern...interception came against Elon. 2007 -- Registered action in all 11 games and his first start at 11th-ranked Georgia Southern (24-22 win)...start against GSU came at outside linebacker in what proved to be a preview of the new 4-2-5 defensive...tallied a season high 11 tackles vs. GSU and played a key role in limiting Eagle quarterback and eventual Walter Payton Award winner Jayson Foster to a season low 82 rushing yards on 26 carries (Georgia Southern's 170 team rushing total was its lowest of the season)...performance against GSU landed him SoCon Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors...had two tackles for-loss and sack against Clemson...tallied 24 of his 38 tackles over the Paladins' final five games, helping Furman to a 4-1 record during that span. 2006 -- Lettered as a true freshman, seeing action in eight games and contributing primarily on special teams...recorded a pair of tackles against The Citadel (23-17 win)...credited with a fumble recovery against Coastal Carolina.
High School: 2006 graduate of Riverwood (3A) High School...football coach was Harris Rainbow...saw action as a running back and defensive back in his career...started every game, racked up over 3,000 all-purpose yards, and totaled over 400 tackles in his prep tenure...became the first player in the last 20 years of Riverwood football to garner first team all-state accolades when he was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State squad in 2005...served as a team captain his senior year and earned all-area, all-county, North Fulton Super 11, and All-North Fulton honors in 2005...also starred in track and basketball...keying Riverwood to a region championship in 2005...member of school record 4x100 meter relay team.
Personal: Full name is Julian Lamar Hicks...son of Garry and Cassandra Echols...born November 24, 1987, in Paterson, New Jersey...has a brother, Jarrett, and a sister, Destiny...business administration major.