Huskies Are Still In The Mix For Wicker

Last summer, Long Beach (Ca.) Poly DE Joseph Wicker came away from the Rising Stars camp with an offer and shortly thereafter he committed to Washington. However, he opened things back up during his season and he told that even though the staff he committed to is now gone, he's still very high on the Huskies...

"I'm still high on Washington. I just wanted to make sure I made the right decision," Wicker told "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 staff gone, particularly Tosh Lupoi, Wicker said he needs to re-evaluate things.

"I want to meet the new d-line coach (Jeff Choate) and also the new defensive coordinator (Pete Kwiatkowski) 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.

"I am thinking about which camps I want to hit and I'm looking at the Rising Stars camp up there again, the same one I went to last year, so we'll see. I definitely want to meet them all in person and see the facilities again now that they are done. Last time I was up there they weren't quite finished yet, so it'll be cool to see that done too."

In addition to his offer from the Huskies, Wicker said he has three other offers -- 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."

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)."

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.

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