Tony Tucker: Still Narrowing Things Down

Tony Tucker is one of the top defensive linemen in the county. The defensive end from Maryland is gearing up for the football season while finishing up on a summer spent working out and improving his grades to become eligible for the NCAA. School for Tony begins on August 28th but two-a-day practices began on Thursday. "I'm hyped for the season," Tucker said.

Tony Tucker is one of the top defensive linemen in the county. The defensive end from Maryland is gearing up for the football season while finish up on a summer spent working out and improving his grades to become eligible for the NCAA. School for Tony begins on August 28th but two-a-day practices began on Thursday. "I'm hyped for the season," Tucker said.

Tony is ready to get back around all of his teammates and is fit to do some damage all over the field. "I'm playing tight end, defensive end, linebacker, and maybe a little bit of fullback," said Tucker, who weighed in at 230 pounds on Tuesday. "I like the defensive end spot the best."

Before getting to football, Tony first took classes this summer including Psychology and American Literature. "I took summer school to bring my GPA up," said Tucker. Tony says he isn't qualified under NCAA guidelines just yet but is working hard on getting there. "Not yet, I have to take my SAT over. I've taken it once and I'll have to take it again. I want to take it in October. I'm going to take it like four more times. They say the more times you take it the better you do." Tony mentioned that his goal was to get his GPA up between .2 and .5 points before graduating. He's taking his classroom responsibilities as seriously as his football preparation.

Recruiting for Tony is a priority but it's about to take a backseat once he gets into camp. "I'm just focused on the team," said Tucker. "The colleges, they're going to still be there after the season is over. So, I just want to get a chance to narrow it down. I'm just focusing on my teammates right now."

Tucker is getting looks now though from a couple schools that seem interested in possibly offering in the future. "Florida State and Ohio State are looking at me," said Tucker. "They're going to come and look at me during the season to see how I do. Those are the two schools that are just watching me. They say they're going to have an eye on me."

Tucker still has a top ten list of schools and hasn't begun to narrow it down just yet. "I cut it down to ten and I'm going to narrow it down sometime," said Tucker. "I know I've got to narrow it down. Everyone says you've got to narrow it down but I'm going to get to that probably before the end of the season."

The ten lucky schools to be finalist for Tucker are: Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Boston College, USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland. With six of the ten being from the ACC, Tony was asked what he thought about the conference. Tucker said, "the ACC is coming on strong."

Tony spoke in more detail about a couple of schools whose defenses he raved about. "I think pretty highly of Georgia Tech," said Tucker. "That's the only way I can put it. I went down there this spring and I was just really impressed with the campus and Coach Gailey. I got some mail today about a coach, the defensive coordinator Coach [John] Tenuta. He's the man. I love that defensive coordinator they got there. And I really got a chance to bond with him when I was down there and saw how he ran his defense. I loved it. I loved how they ran their defense. They run it just like [Virginia Tech] a little bit too. Those are my two; I'm a big fan of the Georgia Tech defense and V-Tech's defense."

Recruits seemingly more than ever this year appear to really know and communicate with others who are also out on the recruiting trail. While elaborating on GT, Tony listed a few players he has met at camps and combines who he still keeps in contact with. "I'm pretty high on Georgia Tech," said Tucker. "I keep in touch with a lot of Georgia Tech players too, like Steven Threet, the quarterback that committed. I talk to him a little bit. I talked to Casey Matthews a little bit too until he committed to Oregon. He's a real cool person. Who else do I talk to? Me and Cedric Everson; I've been trying to call him too. We talked one time and we text message a little bit too."

We'll keep you posted throughout the season as Tucker narrows his list from the current ten listed above.


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