Tuck and Run

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson writes about Shiloh Christian wideout and Arkansas target Crosby Tuck (6-1, 180, 4.43), who has caught 142 passes for over 2,700 yards the past two seasons and scored 31 touchdowns while doing so. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website.

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Crosby Tuck was a little too young to play for Gus Malzahn back when he was coaching at Shiloh Christian High School.

But there is certainly the possibility that the two could hook up on the college level now that Malzahn has made the leap from Shiloh to Springdale to his new post as the offensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas.

"I wasn't old enough to play for him back when he was at Shiloh, but always admired what a great coach he was and how he ran his offense," Tuck said. "Certainly he moved on to have a lot of success at Springdale and I got to play some 7-on-7 against his teams. I think he'll do a great job at Arkansas."

Tuck (6-1, 180, 4.43), regarded by some as the best 2007 wideout prospect in the state, is certainly on the the UA's recruiting radar and took in the Razorbacks' scrimmage last Saturday.

"I know they haven't put everything in like he used at Springdale yet, but you can see how good they are going to be on offense this next season,' Tuck said. "I think they are going to have a great year. I am very interested in Arkansas."

He's already got an offer from Troy and is also getting a lot of interest from Oklahoma State South Carolina, Auburn, the University of Central Florida and Washington State.

"Those are the ones that have sent handwritten letters and let me know that they are considering offering me before too long," Tuck said. "Troy has already offered and I'm just kind of sitting back taking it all in right now."

He has been to Arkansas several times on unofficial visits and has also gone three times to Oklahoma State.

"I went for a practice over there at Oklahoma State, their Junior Day and another time," Tuck said. "I really like their program. I haven't talked to (Oklahoma State head) Coach (Mike) Gundy, but I really like Coach Larry Fedora, their offensive coordinator. He's he one recruiting me for Oklahoma State. Coach Malzahn is recruiting me for Arkansas."

Tuck - who used his speed to steal four bases in a baseball game on Monday - certainly has hauled in the passes for the past two seasons for Shiloh head coach Josh Floyd.

He had 67 catches for 1,443 yards and 16 touchdowns last season after a sophomore campaign in which he caught 75 passes for 1,261 yards and 15 more scores.

"Crosby has everything you want in a receiver," Floyd said. "He is a strong receiver that knows how to go up and get the football. The best quality that Crosby possesses is his speed and acceleration. He has legitimate 4.4 speed. He has the ability to go deep or turn a 5-yard route into a 70-yard touchdown on any given play.

"Crosby has a great work ethic in the weight room, which has allowed him to become better at separating himself from defenders, as well as become a very good blocker at the receiver position," Floyd added. "One thing I like about Crosby is that he always plays big in big games. He will make at least one remarkable catch every game."

Tuck also boasts talent in the classroom as well as on the field.

"I think I have great speed and do a great job catching the deep ball," Tuck said. "I adjust to the ball really well and am able to jump up and come down with it really well. I also know it is about getting it done in the classroom."

Shiloh Christian finished 9-4 in 2005 while downing Harrisburg and Warren int he first two rounds of the Class AAA state playoffs before falling to Ashdown in the quarterfinals.

In addition to Tuck, the Saints return D-1 prospects in quarterback Matt Simpson (6-1, 205) and huge offensive lineman Nolan Hankins (6-7, 330) while Patrick Ryan and Austin Tucker give Shiloh another couple of top wideouts coming back and David Ingram a solid returning tailback.

"We have had so much talent at Shiloh that our passing game has really had a lot of success," Tuck said. "We've got a great quarterback in Matt Simpson and a lot of guys who can make plays in myself, Patrick and Tucker. We're looking forward to having a great season."

Shiloh will once again be very active in the 7-on-7 circuit this summer and Tuck plans to attend several camps and combines, including ones at Arkansas and Oklahoma State.

"I haven't set all those places up just yet, but I am planning to get to a lot of them,' Tuck said. "I'm just trying to get better and come in and have a great senior season."

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