Auburn Visitor Still Waiting For Offer

Memphis University School athlete Shane Tucker discusses his visit to Auburn.

Memphis, Tenn.—Many times players come out of nowhere late in recruiting process for a school and especially when a coaching change has occurred. This year Shane Tucker from Memphis University School could be that guy for the Auburn Tigers.

A physical running back and safety for the Tigers, Tucker amassed over 1,000 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns as a senior while adding 35 receptions for 526 yards and three more scores through the air. As a junior he ran for 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those kinds of numbers caught the attention of several smaller schools such as Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky early on and also caught the attention of Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State.

"Coach Malzahn is a great guy," Tucker says. "Back at Arkansas State when he recruited me, I was a big baseball guy. I was playing baseball at Arkansas State and I decided to go to a camp and do some things. I actually got offered a couple of days after I left the camp. Me and Coach Malzahn have had this bond. When he went to Auburn the relationship stayed close and tight."

Making his first trip to Auburn to visit over the weekend, the 6-0, 207 Tucker says that everything about his visit went beyond his expectations.

"The visit went great," Tucker says. "I loved all the players and all the coaches. I just loved everything about it. I love Auburn University.

"I loved the locker room," he adds. "I loved all the players that play now. I loved all the coaches. I got a family feel from them. I can tell that they are bonding and Coach Malzahn has something special in store for this football team."

Being recruited as a safety by the Tigers, Tucker adds that it doesn't matter to him what position he plays on the next level as long as he gets an opportunity.

"They are very interested," Tucker says. "They just want to see how everything pans out. I'm a running back now, but I'll probably play safety at the collegiate level. I'm just staying close and we'll see how things pan out.

"It doesn't matter to me," he adds about his future position. "It always feels good doing the hitting instead of getting hit. It's all good with me."

With offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, and Louisville, Tucker says he plans to visit the Cardinals next week after visiting Middle Tennessee last week. He adds the he plans to make a decision sometime after his final visit.

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