Inside with Joseph Wicker

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive tackle Joseph Wicker has two more official visits he is ready to schedule on top of his October trip to Tempe (Ariz.).

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker is now a defensive tackle with loads of potential playing on the interior line.

Wicker, who was a wrecking ball against Crenshaw High School in the Jackrabbits’ season opener, had six sacks and eight tackles, two of which went for losses.

Now 6-foot-2, 270-pounds, Wicker is loving life in the trenches as a three-technique.

“I’m really enjoying it,” said Wicker. “I feel a lot quicker than most players. I feel a lot quicker inside and I can get off quicker than the guards and the interior lineman. I feel a lot more comfortable.

“We started out real good (against Crenshaw). I think I broke a record. I got like seven sacks. I kind of did the Ja’Deveon Clowney thing. I got the sack and picked up the fumble with my left hand. I’m just trying to be great and help my team out.”

Wicker had previously talked about officially visiting a pool of approximately five to six schools. One school that didn’t receive mention was the school he committed to last year on an unofficial visit.

“I have a lot of interest in Washington,” said Wicker. “I love the school. I love the campus. It’s a good school.”

Ironically, Wicker committed to Washington with Steve Sarkisian as the head coach. With Sarkisian now at USC, Wicker has not been recruited by the Trojans.

Arizona State is currently recruiting Wicker the hardest, with the Sun Devils getting an official visit for Oct. 18.

“My trips aren’t going to all be at the same time, it’s going to be scattered around,” said Wicker. “I already got one set up for the Stanford game. I think that’s like one of their last games. ASU-Stanford. The next one will be Miami.”

Wicker still does not have a date set for his trip to Coral Gables.

“I have to call them and talk to them,” said Wicker. “We talked about it, but the coach didn't really know about it that much. He has to talk to the department that handles setting up the visits. He said that he’ll see and when I call him they’ll have everything set up.”

Another school penciled in for an official visit is UCLA.

“UCLA definitely because UCLA is close to home and that’s like my favorite close to home right now,” said Wicker.

Notre Dame and Oklahoma are the other schools still vying for an official visit from Wicker.

“… and Washington,” added Wicker. “Washington always slips my mind because there are so many schools.”

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