Wicker Updates Visits

OCT. 29 -- Four-star defensive tackle Joseph Wicker of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly has five official visits in mind...

Notre Dame has been vying to receive a visit from four-star defensive lineman Joseph Wicker of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly since the beginning stages of his recruitment. It appears persistence will pay off for the Irish.

Primarily recruiting Wicker for the Irish is assistant Matt LaFleur.

"I am planning on visiting very soon," Wicker said. "Notre Dame will get one of my five official visits. I was going to call them actually this week or next week to set that up. I want to visit this month or next month."

Wicker has not taken any of his five official visits yet, but that will change this weekend.

"I leave Friday to visit Texas Tech," Wicker said. "The other schools that will receive visits are Oklahoma, Arizona State and UCLA."

The schools receiving officials from Wicker also make up his top five. Why did the Irish make the cut?

"I just love the school," Wicker said. "They have a great business school, and my friends that I talk to that have visited it love the campus and the environment. The football team is good, too, so it's a win-win all around."

Wicker named former Irish recruit and current USC player Juju Smith as the main player he's received advice from about Notre Dame.

Wicker, who stands at 6-foot-3, 270-pounds and primarily plays on the edge for Poly, is projecting to morph into a defensive tackle at the next level. As a senior, he's produced more than 17 tackles and 15 sacks on the season.

"Most schools tell me they like me for either defensive tackle and three-technique or defensive end," Wicker said. "Notre Dame is saying they don't know where I'll play until they get me on campus and see me grow."

Wicker plans to make a final decision on signing day.

"I will go where I feel at home," Wicker said. "How comfortable I am with the school and the coaches and the players. And, the degree."

Wicker is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 23 defensive end in the class of 2015.

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