D.C. Defender Likes Jackets

The offers continue to pour in for Tony Tucker, a 6-foot-3-inch, 225-lb. prospect from St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. He visited the Georgia Tech campus over Spring Break last month and liked what he saw in Atlanta.

The offers continue to pour in for Tony Tucker, a 6-foot-3-inch, 225-lb. prospect from St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. The rising senior garnered an offer from Virginia Tech on Wednesday, bringing his offer list up to 10. But Tony said another Tech has really caught his eye at this juncture of the recruiting process. He visited the Georgia Tech campus over Spring Break last month and liked what he saw in Atlanta.

"I went there to see family, and it just had an atmosphere I think I could live in and survive in - academically as well as with football," said Tucker, who tallied 65 tackles, 12 sacks and an interception last fall for St. John's. "I'm still wide open, but I want a place where I have a good player-coach relationship. Academics are always a big factor, and I'm looking for a family-type feel. Those are the three main things."

Tony said he spoke with Tech coach Chan Gailey during his unofficial visit, and the Tech staff sees him as a "rush backer" type athlete on the defensive side of the ball at the next level - a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. Tony said some plays he'd have his hand on the ground and others would see him vertical and handling more duties off the line.

"I'm very quick off the ball and instinctive," said Tony.

Though the high-priority prospect has yet to iron out all five official visits, there is one he knows he will take for sure in the fall.

"Definitely, Georgia Tech is one of them," he said. "I wanna get back down there during the season and see how everything is run. I have a good feeling about Tech."

Tony said he'd like to have his official visit list narrowed down by July, and said he is in no hurry to make a decision. He wants to take all of his visits and discuss things with his family before deciding on his future for the next four years.

Tony reports a 2.7 GPA in the classroom, and will take the SAT during the summer.


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