On the surface, it doesn’t sound that unusual — one friend convincing another friend to go to college together.
Except, the method Marvin Hall used to sway good friend and teammate Jaydon Mickens to play together at Washington was a bit strange. The UW Daily’s Daniel Rubens explains the story:
During winter of their senior year of high school, Hall and Mickens, teammates at Dorsey High School (DHS) in Los Angeles, were hanging out one night talking about their college decisions. Hall had long been committed to the UW, and Mickens was deciding between three schools: Washington, Oklahoma State, and Oregon.
“He beat me like 62-24,” Mickens said. “He was Washington and I was Oregon, and he beat me bad. I actually called coach Sark that night and committed on the low, and then I picked my hat. So I was committed for about one week before signing day.”
Mickens laughed about the story again Saturday afternoon. That’s right, UW’s leading receiver (53 catches for 535 yards, three touchdowns) nearly ended up playing for Oklahoma State, UW’s opponent in the Jan. 2 TicketCity Cactus Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.
“Of course, they throw the ball a lot,” Mickens said of the appeal of Oklahoma State. “As a recruit and as a young guy, you see the third receiver having 70 catches — it puts you at awe. So going out there and seeing something different. … They had just come off the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (win over Stanford), so that opened my eyes even more like, ‘Wow, this program is a power right now.’ And I felt that I could contribute over there. But through the grace of God, things changed, and I’m happy I’m here.”
Mickens told a great story about a brief encounter with Oklahoma State’s billionaire booster, T. Boone Pickens, while on his visit to the Stillwater campus. Mickens described Pickens pulling up in a limousine decorated with longhorns on the hood.
“He’s so rich!” Mickens said.