Wicker Won't Make Quick Decision

The 2015 Long Beach Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker was committed to Washington but then opened up his recruitment. He talks about Washington, USC, UCLA and more...

Last summer, the 2015 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker committed to Washington, but shortly thereafter opened up his recruitment again.

"I'm still high on Washington. I just wanted to make sure I made the right decision," Wicker told Dawgman.com. "I have spoken to coach (Chris) Petersen already and he seems like a really good coach and an even better person. I had a really good talk with him."

With the old Washington staff gone, particularly defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, Wicker said he needs to re-evaluate things.

"I want to meet the new d-line coach and also the new defensive coordinator to just see how they are going to use their defensive linemen and what scheme they are going to run," Wicker said. "I'm definitely open to Washington, though, and, like I said, I am
really high on them, but I also need to make sure it's still a good fit.

"I know the school is a good fit, but I also have to be with this new staff and I need to make sure I fit with them as well.

In addition to his offer from the Huskies, Wicker said he has three other offers -- from Miami, Arizona State and Arizona -- and two other schools could be getting close.

"UCLA and USC definitely are getting close," Wicker said. "USC's staff is basically the same one that was up at Washington, so they are really heavily after me now and UCLA has been picking things up, too."

Wicker, though, is in no rush and is making visit and camp plans.

"I am thinking about which camps I want to hit and I'm looking at (Washington's camp) up there again, the same one I went to last year, so we'll see."

Wicker said he doesn't plan to make an early decision and hopes to take all five of his visits before he commits to a school again.

The 6'4", 265-pounder had a solid junior season this past fall, totaling over 60 tackles to go along with seven sacks.

"We had a great season as a team and I had a great individual season too," Wicker said. "I really felt like I improved a lot as a junior and I'm working hard to make sure I am ready for the best season of my life so far this (fall)."

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