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Wicker planning busy visit schedule

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Joseph Wicker has moved to defensive tackle for his senior season and it could pay off in a big way.
The four-star from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly already has a bunch of impressive offers but Wicker absolutely dominated in Poly's victory over Los Angeles Crenshaw this past weekend and the position move could be a big deal.
"I moved inside and it's kind of different but now I'm starting to get way more comfortable," Wicker said. "I feel a lot quicker this year and more comfortable with everything I'm doing this year.
"I've gained a lot of weight and I'm getting bigger so I already know I'm going to be a three-technique. I knew that since last year when everybody was telling me. I knew I wasn't going to be a d-end."
Wicker, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound prospect, is starting to work out official visits with one set up to Arizona State for the Stanford game.
The Sun Devils are definitely one of the frontrunners at this point.
"I have a few family members there and a lot of alum from my school so it's going to be fun and ASU is on the rise right now so they're pretty good," Wicker said. "It's going to be great."
Other trips are being worked out for Wicker, rated as the No. 16 strong-side defensive end in the 2015 class by Rivals.com but he'll move to the defensive tackle rankings after the season.
The Long Beach Poly standout said he wants to take trips to Oklahoma, Washington and UCLA as well and he's hoping the Bruins get much more involved in his recruitment. Very early on, Wicker had been committed to Washington.
"It's hard for me to get out (to UCLA) and be involved because I don't have a ride and we have practice a lot," Wicker said. "I'm trying to get more in the mix because it's a home school and I kind of want to stay home and I kind of want to leave so I just want to have an idea of the home school."
Wicker said he does not plan to commit until National Signing Day.
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