Ohio State Buckeyes Feature: Safety Ronnie Hickman talks Coach Perry Eliano, Tanner McAlister, Josh Proctor and Lathan Ransom, Coach Jim Knowles

Ronnie Hickman
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PLAYER PROFILE

  • HEIGHT 6-1
  • WEIGHT 207
  • HOMETOWN SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.
  • LAST SCHOOL DEPAUL CATHOLIC
  • YEAR 4TH YEAR

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Ohio State Overview
• Ronnie, whose nickname is “Rocket”, is a senior academically, is in his fourth year with the program and has three seasons of eligibility
• He is majoring in human development and family sciences
• Has played in 18 games and started 13 times, with all of his starts coming in 2021
• Was one of, if not the, top defensive players on the team in 2021 and was named second-team all-Big Ten by the coaches and third-team by the media
• Led the team in tackles with 100, including 54 solo stops, and in interceptions with two
• Is the first Buckeye in six years with 100 or more tackles in a season (Raekwon McMillan, 102 in 2015)
• Had 10 or more tackles five times, including a high game of 15 against Penn State
• Also had 12 tackles vs. Michigan, 11 vs. Minnesota and Rutgers, and 10 vs. Oregon
• His interceptions came in consecutive games against Tulsa and Akron, with his Akron interception a 46-yard “pick-6”
• Red-shirted the 2019 season as a true freshman while rehabbing an injury that cut his senior season at DePaul Catholic short
• Once he was healthy, he was impressive with solid special teams play in 2020 and in the opportunities he was presented on defense
• Played in the first five games of 2020 before getting sidelined with an injury
• Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State

Honors & Awards
2021: Second-team all-Big Ten Conference (coaches)

More on Ronnie
• Was New Jersey’s third-ranked recruit overall in 2018 by 247Sports.com and a top 150 prospect nationally
• Chosen to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl
• Had a No. 9 ranking as an athlete according to 247Sports
• Played on both sides of the ball for DePaul Catholic, lining up at wide receiver and safety
• Totaled 609 receiving yards and nine TDs on 26 catches in an injury-shortened senior season
• Recorded 19 tackles and five pass breakups
• Caught 44 passes for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior while also contributing 44 tackles, two interceptions and nine PBU on defense
• Had 945 all-purpose yards in 2017
• Finished his career with 1,418 yards receiving on 70 receptions and 22 touchdowns
• Helped DePaul Catholic win New Jersey’s Non Public Group III state title as a junior in 2017
• Played for head coach John McKenna
• Also an All-American lacrosse player in high school
• Parents are Hanifah Crawley and Ronnie Hickman Sr.

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