C.J. Hicks has been with the Ohio State football program since January following a successful high school career that saw him regarded as one of the nation’s top linebackers. The former 5-star player from Dayton, Ohio, was considered a top 10 recruit nationally when he ultimately signed with Ryan Day and the Buckeyes.

On Sunday, the true freshman was the latest to have his black stripe removed to symbolize him officially becoming a member of the football team.

Hicks thanked God, defensive graduate assistant Koy McFarland, and his teammates for helping him on a daily basis while progressing through camp. He’ll hope to be a key figure in the Buckeyes’ linebacker corps and will work to make an immediate impact on the field starting with the team’s season opener against Notre Dame on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium.

Check out the moment when Hicks learned his black stripe was being removed in the video below:

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