One of Arkansas State's top running back targets was at the Memphis game this past weekend. Shane Tucker, who plays at Memphis University School (MUS) with ASU commit, Marquez Lanton, was among those in attendance to witness the Red Wolves win over the Tigers at ASU Stadium.
"I loved it over there," said Shane Tucker. "It was nice to see them get the W. That's all I could ask for. I talked to Coach Malzahn and Coach Ingram. They're excited about the season. The game was great. It's not your typical Sun Belt school atmosphere. It was packed. The fans were loud. They're definitely on their way to becoming the Boise State of the South."
Tucker, 6-foot, 205-pounds, has three offers from Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State, and Western Kentucky. After impressive summer camps at ASU and MTSU, he was offered on the spot. At the moment, he's taking his time and enjoying going to games on Saturdays and isn't quite ready to make his commitment.
"The first week of the season I went to the Ole Miss and Central Arkansas," he said. "I loved it. This weekend I'm going to the Arkansas-Alabama game. I'd say I'm hearing the most from Arkansas State, Tennessee, they came to see me play against Central, Ole Miss, Western Kentucky, Arkansas, and a little bit from Auburn. Memphis is still talking to me. They came to the Ensworth game.
"I'm not sure of when I'll commit. I'm just going to see how things go throughout the season. I'm really not looking at the depth chart. I figure with hard work and effort, I'll see early playing time. I'd like to stay close to home so my Mom and Dad can come see me play. I want to go and play for a winning program with a great coaching staff."
The MUS Owls dropped their first game against Ensworth but have reeled off three straight victories including a win against defending state champion in the state of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Tucker has shown off his versatility. In the Ensworth game, he grabbed 10 catches for 153 yards in the close loss. In the big win against Fayetteville, Tucked picked off Arkansas-commit, Austin Allen, and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
"My speed, most definitely, is the biggest improvement in my game," he said. "Last year, I was running in the high 4.5's, but I worked on it during the summer and was running in the 4.4's at camps. I didn't trust my speed last year and would try run over people, but this year I'm trying to out run them by relying on my 4.4 speed to get around the corner to the edge."
MUS will play yet another defending state champion this weekend when they host Mississippi's Olive Branch. The Conquistadors will need to game plan to know where No. 1 is at all times. Tucker also loves baseball. He plays centerfield for MUS and a Memphis area club, the Dulins Dodgers.