Wicker One To Watch

The Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2015 defensive end, Joseph Wicker, is hearing from UCLA...

Joseph Wicker, the No. 125 player in the 2015 Scout 300, is a versatile defensive lineman with the ability to play inside or outside at the next level. He moves all over the line for Poly right now and had a very solid game against Corona (Calif.) Centennial's massive offensive line. He's very strong and can take on blocks, hold his ground and has powerful hands to disengage as well.

Right now, Wicker is stronger in run support than he is as a pass rusher. He needs to develop a little more quickness rather than a straight bull rush and work on his lateral mobility but the upside is there for Wicker to be a national recruit in two years.

"I just wanted to come out with a win tonight," Wicker said last Friday. "We lost last week mainly because of our d-line play. We were totally undisciplined and were getting up the field to far and never adjusted.

"Tonight, we stayed in our gaps and played a lot smarter. Centennial has a great offensive line, this was a physical game and all I can say is I'm just so happy to get this win. We deserved it and I'm happy we proved some of the doubters wrong."

On the recruiting front, Wicker gave an early commitment to Washington over the summer at the Huskies Rising Stars Camp but backed off a month later saying he wanted to go through the process.

"I'm still talking to Washington and Tosh Lupoi (DL coach) a lot," Wicker said. "California and Tennessee are two new schools I'm hearing from and I'm also hearing from Arizona, Miami, USC and UCLA.

"Arizona is my most recent offer. I went there for a visit to see my cousin David Price who signed their last year and they offered me. Miami also offered me and I still have Washington too. I'm planning to go some USC and UCLA games this season and that's about all I have planned for right now."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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