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
“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
“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
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.”
Inside with Joseph Wicker
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