Tucker's Set To Decide, But OSU Offer In Limbo

If Ohio State offer doesn't materialize for Gary's Jamil Tucker, Indiana, USC and Purdue appear to still be in the running.

Indianapolis, Ind. – Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta has spent this summer putting together what should be the top recruiting class for 2006. After grabbing Ohioan Daequan Cook, Matta continued his success going after Cook's AAU teammates Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr. of the Spiece Indy Heat. Matta's success, though, will likely prevent Gary's Jamil Tucker from heading to Columbus as well.

It appeared as if Gary (Ind.) West High School forward Jamil Tucker was about to join his Indy Heat teammates and round out what many people have already tabbed as one of the top recruiting classes in recent memory, however Matta seems to be out of scholarships to offer the 6-9 forward.

Do not tell that to Tucker. The forward who is considered one of the top-50 recruits in the class of 2006, was all Ohio State on Thursday at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis.

"Ohio State is my number one choice right now," said Tucker. "They told me the offer is there and I plan to decide what school I'm going to by the end of this camp. I'm going to wait until I get back home and announce it to my local paper. I'll probably decide Sunday or Monday."

Tucker was lured by Matta under the thought he would be the final link in a dynamic recruiting class.

"Everyone tells me about the class they're bringing in and that's why I would be such a good fit to go there," said Tucker about playing with his AAU teammates.

Tucker even talked as if the decision was already made and he only had to wait until he got home to make it public. He even mentioned Oden, Conley and Cook as if to say they all made the decision together.

"We all love the game and meeting new people," said Tucker. "Whenever we see someone new, we embrace them. With Greg and Mike they took me in like I was a little brother because I was new to the team. That's made me want to stick with them.

"We just felt Ohio State was the best fit for everybody and it was somewhere everyone wanted to go. It was nothing against IU, but that was somewhere we all decided to go."

Tucker did go on to say he still has a list of schools to consider, which will be good for him now that he can no longer attend his first choice.

"My list right now is Ohio State, USC, Purdue and then IU," said Tucker.

"Purdue and Indiana are still in the mix. I'm still calling them and talking to them about it, but Ohio State is my number one choice right now."

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