The Texas Tech coaching staff visited Long Beach Poly defensive lineman Joseph Wicker not once, but twice Thursday.
Kliff Kingsbury and company wanted to make the absolute most of their visit to Long Beach, so the coaching staff not only came to Wicker’s home, but ate lunch with him at school.
“It was cool. There was a lot of coaches there,” Wicker responded. “They came in and talked with me for a little bit just telling me what time they were going to be there and stuff.”
The visiting coaches included: Kliff Kingsbury, new defensive coordinator David Gibbs, Darrin Chiaverini, Mike Smith and Kevin Curtis.
“It was cool. It was fun,” Wicker responded. “I know them and I’ve been around them before, so it wasn’t like, weird or anything. It was cool.”
This was the first opportunity newly hired defensive coordinator David Gibbs had to visit the 6-foot-2, 275-pound Poly product.
“He said I will be playing a three-technique.”
The primary contact for Wicker is Chiaverini, who told Wicker some information many recruits enjoy hearing.
“He just tells me how Texas Tech is good for me and how I fit into the school and that’ll I’ll come in and probably play as a freshman and I’ll do good things there and help them win a championship.”
As mentioned earlier, this isn’t the first time Wicker has spent time around the coaching staff. He took a visit to the Lubbock campus the weekend Tech hosted Texas in Jones AT&T Stadium. Wicker took a refresher down memory lane when asked about the visit.
“That was cool too. I liked it. I like the campus and the people there. Everybody there is real cool.”
Texas Tech is in Wicker’s top three. The 2015 U.S. Army All-American went into detail about each of his final three schools.
Texas Tech: “They’re really kind of neat. Four D-lineman and they don’t have a lot of players there right now. I’m cool with the coaches. I like the coaches. I like the campus.”
Arizona State: “I’m cool with the coaches. I like coach (Todd) Graham. The defense they run, they use everybody. The head coach, he’s like the d-coordinator. They really exercise their defense. He really likes my position, which is a three-technique position.”
UCLA: “Obviously, they have a great academic program. They have what I want to get a degree in and they develop great d-lineman.”
While five of the Red Raiders coaches traveled to Long Beach, Calif., there are a pair of recruiters not on the staff. The Fehokos; V.J. and Breiden, are also pitching Wicker.
“They want me to come there. They say I’ll be dangerous and stuff like that.”
Wicker has one final visit. It will be to UCLA. His decision will be announced on National Signing Day which is Feb. 4.