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
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
“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
“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
“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.”
Wicker with visit plans in the works
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