Tucker Likes The Sound of Spring

Cliff Tucker, a 6-foot-5 forward/guard, visited Maryland last weekend. Will he sign or take more official visits?

There's bound to be a throng of good players available in the spring. There's never quite enough to go around, but always a few who emerge and become spring commodities.

From the sounds of it, Cliff Tucker is one of those guys. The unique wing player out of El Paso (Tex.) Chapin, visited Maryland last weekend but it appears as though he's headed for a spring decision.

"They just got back a few hours ago," New Mexico Force coach Ross Romero said Monday night. "They really had a good time and enjoyed the visit. They really enjoyed Gary Williams and the rest of the coaching staff. He felt real good about the players and he's been out there before."

However, Tucker's situation is a tad complicated. He's not quite ready to decide and he's been unable to see the campuses he wants before of his other commitment: football.

"He had a great time but because he's still doing football and they're getting ready for the playoffs he said it's pretty unlikely he's going to sign before Wednesday," Romero said. "He might look at taking a few more visits and then sign in the late period. But, he said he really loved it."

No commitment means good news for Texas A&M, Clemson, San Diego, Washington State, Notre Dame and UTEP. Each could be in line to bring the small forward/point guard onto campus officially.

Speaking of football season, Romero said that Tucker resigned himself to signing a basketball scholarship. "I think that in his mind he's already come to the realization that if he has to pick one its basketball and he's leaning in that direction. Football is an option but I think it'll be basketball that he ultimately commits to and gets a scholarship in."

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