Coming to Ames

The Cyclones figure to get an official visit from one of the nation's top JUCO players, Demond Tucker. In fact, they might be his favorite

One of the nation's top JUCU players expects to visit Ames.

Copiah-Lincoln defensive tackle Demond Tucker plans on using one of his five official visits this fall to get to Iowa State, he told on Thursday. There's also a chance Tucker visits Ames unofficially this summer for a camp.

"They'll be one of my officials," Tucker said. "I haven't looked at dates, that's the next thing I'll start doing."

Formerly of Hazelhurst High in Mississippi, Tucker was the NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman at Co-Lin, leading the nation with 13 sacks. The 6-foot-1, 280-pounder added 53 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and an interception.

"Iowa State is showing me the most love. Great love and support."

Iowa State's Shane Burnham has the lead on Tucker, while head coach Paul Rhoads has been communicating with the defensive tackle recently as well.

"We talk once a week," he said. "I talked to [Rhoads] last week and they told me they were fired up about me."

However, the top recruiter for Iowa State might be Jordan Harris, who played with Tucker at Co-Lin last season and led the NJCAA in tackles. Harris signed with ISU in December and enrolled in January.

Tucker went as far to admit the Cyclones wouldn't be on his radar if not for Harris.

"Jordan has been telling me a lot about them," he said. "I'm learning as I go. It would be fun [to play with him]."

Demond Tucker and Jordan Harris

Harris would be Tucker's host on an official visit.

Tucker has 15 reported offers — including one from Oklahoma — and has said in the past Texas A&M and Mississippi State are his two favorites, though it appears ISU has made a run to the top.

When asked if it'd be tough for a non-SEC team to pull Tucker out of the Deep South, he said: "Well, not really."

"I like [Texas A&M and Mississippi State]," he said. "They're pretty good teams. But Iowa State is showing me the most love. Great love and support. I couldn't ask for anything else."

The Cyclones have a hole or two to fill along the interior of the defensive line as far as the 2015 season goes and Tucker figures to be a candidate to start immediately, either at three-technique or nose. He'll graduate in December and have three years to play two.

"I'd bring motivation to a team, I'd support everybody," he said. "I'd try to be a leader and show them that even if you're not as big as someone else you can still play the same."

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