Tight end prospect Chris Hickman is one of two members of the Class A state champion Omaha Burke team to join the Nebraska program. Hickman is also one of five in-state signees in the class, the largest group of homegrown scholarship signees since 2008.
Hickman provided a big receiving target for Coach Paul Limongi’s team, and Hickman also excelled on defense. In 2018, Hickman caught 19 passes for 421 yards and four touchdowns, averaging better than 22 yards per reception. Defensively, he had 39 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups and caused two fumbles. Hickman’s play helped Burke to a perfect 13-0 record in 2018. Hickman earned Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska and Lincoln Journal Star Super State honors as a defensive lineman for his play in 2018. It marked the second straight year he has received those accolades, after also being selected as a defensive lineman in 2017.
During his junior year, Hickman caught 24 passes for 575 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he had 46 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks from his defensive end spot. He also had four interceptions, five pass breakups and caused four fumbles. Hickman first starred for the Bulldogs as a sophomore when he caught 15 passes for 320 yards and seven touchdowns. His production in 2016 earned Hickman honorable-mention all-state recognition.
Hickman was regarded as one of the top three prospects in Nebraska by both Rivals and 247 Sports, while 247 Sports ranked him among the nation’s top 20 tight ends. Hickman was also a member of the Bulldogs’ varsity basketball team as a sophomore and junior. He chose Nebraska over numerous offers including Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, LSU, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin among others.