Tucker's Dream

Little Rock Central wide receiver-safety A.J. Tucker (6-3, 195) got a surprise call from Arkansas assistant coach Barry Lunney, Jr, this week and is hoping that a meeting with Lunney this Friday morning results in an offer from the Razorbacks and an official visit later that same day.

There may very well be a second Central Arkansas gridiron standout in as many months who gets a chance to realize his Razorback dream at the very end of a signing period.

Little Rock Central star A.J. Tucker (6-3, 195) was contacted by Arkansas assistant Barry Lunney, Jr., earlier this week and told that the Razorback staff was evaluating him.

"Coach Lunney called and said he that they had looked at my tape and were very interested in recruiting me and wanted to come down to my school and see me Friday," Tucker said. "I'm so excited about the possibility of being a Razorback. It's always been my dream to play for Arkansas."

Tucker – who played wide receiver and safety this season while battling injuries – makes it clear what will happen if he does get an offer.

"Coach Lunney told me not to get my hopes up because they may not be able to offer in the end, but it's hard not to get too excited about this," Tucker said. "I will commit right away."

Tucker is likely to visit this weekend if the Razorbacks decide to move forward with him.

"I would certainly be ready to do that right away," Tucker said.

His story is similar to that of former North Little Rock linebacker Martrell Spaight (6-0, 220), who just finished up his second straight junior college All-American season at Coffeyville (KA) Community College.

Spaight did not have an offer from the old Arkansas staff and committed to Kansas State – less than a week before new Razorback coach Bret Bielema rode in and offered him on the last day of a recruiting period.

Spaight then signed with Arkansas during the mid-term junior college signing date four days later.

Tucker, who played this season with a broken thumb, now hopes for the chance to do the same thing.

"It would make all the hard work that I have put in over the years – especially this one with my injury – really worth it all if I get to be a Razorback," Tucker said.

Tucker went into the 2012 spring with interest from Arkansas, Vanderbilt, USC, Oklahoma State, Florida, Florida State and Louisiana Tech as well as offers from Central Arkansas and Southern Illinois.

He was able to play wide receiver only four games because of the thumb injury – albeit still being able to catch 28 passes for 516 yards and two touchdowns.

Tucker was able to play safety the entire season and ended the year with 31 tackles.

"When I got hurt it was like all the team just totally disappeared and didn't care about me," Tucker said. "That was tough and really hurt me. But maybe this is how it was suppose to end up and I'll be playing at Arkansas with this new staff."

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