Casey Tucker enjoys ASU visit

There is little doubt that this Saturday will mark the biggest recruiting weekend of the season with a handful or so of four-star prospects descending on Tempe. Yet, last Saturday had one very prominent local recruit in attendance – five-star offensive lineman Casey Tucker. Devils Digest caught up with the Chandler Hamilton standout to talk about his recruitment with ASU and his other suitors.

The Colorado at Arizona State game marked the first ASU contest of the 2013 season that Casey Tucker attended. The extreme familiarity that the lineman already has with the program didn't diminish the overall enjoyment he and his parents experienced that night.

"I really liked how the offense was moving the ball," Tucker said of the Sun Devils' 54-13 win over the Buffaloes. "It looked like everything was pretty organized and flowing well. I didn't see too many mistakes on offense at all. They played really clean football and basically took it to them and didn't stop even when the second string was in there. It was a pretty good game.

"They (ASU) had one of toughest schedules in the country, so being 4-2 isn't that bad considering their schedule. I have no problem with the no huddle and I can get into shape really well to play it. I like that scheme because it wears defenses down really quick, and that is kind of my style – wear people down and play the same in the fourth quarter as you did the first quarter."

Tucker, who visited Sun Devil Stadium with both of his parents was also impressed with the interaction all of them had with the coaching staff that night.

"The coaches treated me very well and I know I would be in good hands with them," Tucker said. "It was definitely a good experience. My parents definitely like the new coaches because they experienced the old coaches a little bit and they weren't as good. They are just impressed with the new things happening over there.

"I like (offensive line) Coach Thomsen. He's a good guy that gets things done. He's a straight to the point guy that makes sure that you know what you got to do. I think he's a really good coach. The coaches want me to come down again this week and I'm probably going to go."

One individual that Tucker has been able to get a lot of ASU insight from in terms of a player perspective, is former Hamilton offensive lineman and current Sun Devil, Christian Westerman, who transferred to ASU from Auburn.

"I've talked to Christian and he told me that he likes his new situation a lot better than his old one," Tucker noted. "Nothing but positive things. I get the inside scoop from him on how much he trains, his nutrition..all good stuff.

"ASU is obviously different than all the other schools that are recruiting me with their location and being the hometown hero. That's an extra element. Coach Graham told me about the (Stay True to ASU) billboards and it was for real. So he comes through and it shows he's legit."

The lineman doesn't plan to take any official visits before his senior season concludes, but already has three schools in mind that he plans to take an official trip to.

"I don't have any dates," Tucker stated, "but it's going to be Oregon, Stanford and ASU. Texas A&M, Washington and USC have a chance but they are out there a little bit. I don't think I will take all five (official visits) because I'll be busy with my stuff.

"I don't know yet when I'm going to decide. Coaches are going to make a big difference to me, the school itself, training program is very important to me too."

Tucker suffered an Injury to booth his foot and ankle in a September 12th game against Pinnacle, but his return to the gridiron for the Huskies isn't too far away.

"I'm doing pretty well with everything," Tucker said. "I'll probably be back for the Perry game (the last regular season game on November 1st). I'd like to be back sooner but it just depends on where I'm at. But I'm feeling a lot better and I'll be ready whenever they need me.

"It's frustrating having to watch some of the best games of the season, because I really want to get in there and help my team. But I can't do too much right now."

The forced hiatus hasn't necessarily sped up matters when it comes to the lineman's recruitment.

"I'm still spending a lot of time with my team supporting them," Tucker remarked. "I'm spending time in the classroom, spending a lot of time rehabbing…just doing everything I can to get healthy for the playoffs."

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