Tucker wants to play safety

A.J. Tucker is a wide receiver prospect to most schools recruiting him, but he said he wants to deliver the hits at the next level.

A.J. Tucker has been recruited primarily as wide receiver, but would rather play safety when he gets to the collegiate level.

The senior at Little Rock Central plays both wide receiver and safety and did so during the Southwest Elite in Springdale this past weekend. He said he would rather play exclusively on the defensive side of the ball after this season, however, even though teams have mostly talked to him about catching passes.

"I could offer a lot (at safety)," Tucker said. "I play receiver so I know what receivers try to do to the defense and it would be easier for me to jump routes. I think it would come easy for me."

Tucker said he has only received one offer, from Vanderbilt, but he continues to work for additional offers.

"I've been working hard all summer, trying to get as many offers as I can before the school year starts," Tucker said. "I like Vanderbilt and I'm happy with that offer.

"I would go there – probably as a safety."

The 6-foot-3, 188-pound prospect said he has received interest from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Florida and Florida State, but he already has an idea of where he would like to spend the next four or five years.

"I love the SEC and I want to stay close to home," Tucker said. "Hopefully Arkansas will offer because that's where I want to go.

"I love the hill and I love being up there. Arkansas would be my dream school."

Arkansas running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Tim Horton has been recruiting the 2013 prospect. Tucker said he and Horton talk at least "every two weeks" and as the Razorbacks continue to show him interest, he will have a chance to impress the coaching staff soon.

"I get a lot of letters and stuff from (Arkansas)," Tucker said. "They want me to come to camp on July 21, so I'll be going to that."

Tucker said he will work out at both wide receiver and safety for the Razorbacks. Of course, he said he hopes he impresses the coaching staff the most defending passes rather than catching them.

"I like contact. I love it," Tucker said. "I don't like getting hit, but I love making contact myself.

"I'm going to show them everything I've got and leave everything on the field."

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