Tucker Names Leader

Now that he's decided on basketball over football, up next for Cliff Tucker is a hoops commitment. Is he ready? Not yet but he's got a favorite.

At this stage in the recruiting calendar, leading for a prospect is a good thing. When said prospect happens to be 6-foot-6, versatile and ready to go academically, well, that's a great thing to have going for you!

The Maryland Terrapins lead for Cliff Tucker, a versatile wing out of El Paso (Tex.) Chapin High School.

"Maryland is the leader right now and that's where I'm leaning towards," Tucker informed Scout.com. "I'm not sure yet (if I'll commit) but I'm sort of close."

Providing the competition for the Terps is Nebraska, Clemson, UTEP, Texas A&M and Washington State. Being on the list is one thing, getting a visit is another and thus far Tucker has only tripped to Maryland.

That begs the question: can the Terps be beat?

"Right now I'm not sure," Tucker said.

Until the commitment happens you never know but this one sure sounds like its swinging Maryland's way at the end of the day. "It's just my coaches and parents who have told me not to commit so soon. They just want me to wait a little more."

Tucker grew up a Maryland fan. He attended camps in College Park and also over at Georgetown. He has plenty of family in the area and Juan Dixon is his favorite player.

Tucker's an interesting recruit. Until recently the biggest choice he had to make was whether to pursue football or hoops in college. He's settled in and locked himself into a basketball decision because the game is his first love. "Basketball is much safer," Tucker quipped.

On the hardwood his calling card is his versatility. "(Colleges) say they'll basically use me around the perimeter as a combo guard, maybe even a three man."

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