University of Arkansas assistant Tracy Rocker - just inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame - is good friends with the Wicker Family.
That's a good thing for the Razorbacks because there's currently a very good Wicker playing high school football.
That would be defensive end/outside linebacker Andre Wicker (6-1, 223, 4.89), who is currently a standout at Atlanta (Ga.) Booker T. Washington.
"I really like Coach Rocker and my family knows him well because they all went to school together," Wicker said. "He has me very interested in Arkansas and I am definitely coming up to check it out."
Wicker has a final five right now of Arkansas, South Carolina, Michigan State, Louisville and Kentucky.
"I have a lot more offers, but those are the ones that I am really interested in," Wicker said. "I am looking for a really good academic program and football program and I know Arkansas has both. I can't wait to get up there and see it."
He recently took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State and liked what he saw with the program headed into its second season under head coach Sylvester Croom.
"I feel like the program is on its way up under Coach Croom and they are going to contend, maybe not this year, but certainly starting the next year," Wicker said. "They moved up in my eyes and are now up there with Arkansas and South Carolina now."
Wicker had 60 tackles, 11 sacks and 2 forced fumbles last season. while his team was going 11-2. He has bench pressed 265 and squatted 410.
"I think the best thing I do is use my speed to get from side-to-side of the field and make plays," Wicker said. "I'm still trying to get stronger because I know I am going to need that strength on the next level."
He did so while playing alongside 2005 UA signee Michael Bibbs, who is still awaiting word from the NCAA Clearing House as to whether he will be able to come to Arkansas this season.
"Michael has told me what a great program it is and I am looking forward to seeing for myself," Wicker said. "He really liked the coaches and just the overall program and says it is so much better than you might think. I know he is really hoping things work out for him."
Booker T. Washington, also boasted offensive lineman George "Big Duke" Robinson last season.
"We lost some guys, but we think we actually have a chance to be even better this year," Wicker said. "We got pretty deep in the playoffs last year by going to the third round, but we want to go all the way this year."
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