Wicker with visit plans in the works

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly four-star defensive end Joseph Wicker had a great showing last Friday against Servite in a full scrimmage. Wicker looks ahead to a big senior season and several recruiting visits.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker is walking in the shoes of former Jackrabbit great Jurrell Casey without knowing it.

Donning the No. 91 in practice, Wicker didn’t know Casey wore that number at USC. Wearing No. 15 last season, Wicker will wear the No. 52 in games this season. That was also Casey’s number at Poly.

“Nah, I didn’t really think about that,” said Wicker. “I’m wearing No. 52 this season because I’m playing some on the o-line. That’s really it.”

But watching Wicker pressure Servite quarterback and Oregon Duck commit Travis Waller throughout last week’s scrimmage in Anaheim (Calif.), the comparisons between Wicker and Casey aren’t solely based on jersey numbers.

“I feel good… I feel swift,” said Wicker. “I’m quicker in my get off and I think I’m using my hands better getting off blocks.”

Wicker’s potential has been recognized by several schools, and in return, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound four-star will reciprocate with some official visits.

“I’ve set an official visit with ASU for the Stanford game and I’m setting up a trip to Miami soon,” said Wicker. “I’m talking a lot more with UCLA now too. They really want me to show more interest.

“I don’t really have the time to take unofficial visits to all of these places, but they want me to go there to see I’m interested in them too. They don’t want to offer me unless I’m serious about them.”

With USC, Wicker’s stance on the Trojans is a little more clear cut.

“Oh, I already know they’re not going to offer me,” said Wicker. “They told one of my coaches that I wasn’t tall enough. I’m not really worried about it because I have other options.”

Indeed, Wicker has several options, and with an official visit set to Tempe (Ariz.) for Oct. 18.

“I have family there and ASU is an up-and-coming program — they’re on the rise,” said Wicker. “They had two defensive linemen go in the NFL Draft, plus they just won the Pac-12 South.

“There are a lot of alums from Poly there — a lot. And like I said, I have my cousin D.J. Calhoun going there, so it would be easier to get started at ASU because I know people.”

While he has date locked in for his trip to Arizona State, and one in the works for Miami, Wicker is also fairly certain of two more official visit destinations.

Notre Dame is going to get a visit for sure,” said Wicker. “I think Oklahoma will get a visit too.

“With Notre Dame, that’s just about the degree. Hands down, that’s a great degree and they produce good d-linemen. I like the front they use too because it fits me. I can play defensive end or defensive tackle there.

“And then with Oklahoma, they beat Alabama man. I always watched them and I knew they were going to be good in that game. They always produce good linemen because of those Oklahoma drills. I mean, they’re the ones that started those, really. That’s another program on the rise.”

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