'Cats Offer 2014 Safety

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kirk Tucker keeps reeling in offers. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound defensive back out of Tucker, Ga., told KStateFans.com that he received a visit last week from Andre Coleman of the Wildcat coaching staff which resulted in his 15th offer. Tucker has added three more since then and says he's still very open at this stage in his recruiting.

"I believe it was last Wednesday when Coach Coleman offered me," said Tucker. "Actually, he came by my school and offered me personally. He said he loved my athleticism, the way I moved on the field, and also loved my speed. He was impressed with my grades. He was telling me he'd really like me to come up to K-State and check it out. I intend to include them in my summer plans. If I don't make it up then, I'll go during the season.

"Every offer I have received I consider it a blessing. I was excited though about this one. Kansas State is starting to have a very good team. This past year they shocked the world by winning the Big 12 and going to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. I know they didn't win it but that doesn't take away from what they accomplished. Having a Heisman finalist was a great achievement for them. I want to get to view the school and see what they have to offer."

In his junior season, his first as a starter at Tucker, Tucker was the team's second leading tackler with 75 and had three interceptions and three sacks. He did so playing with a torn meniscus for much of the season.

"I play strong safety or the nickel safety in our defense," he said. "I come up a lot to blitz the quarterback and help in run support, but I can drop back in coverage. I definitely feel like I had a good junior year. I accomplished a lot of my pre-season goals and received my first offer.

"It was April 15th when I had surgery to repair my knee. It kept me from playing spring ball, but I'll be ready for summer workouts."

Tucker has offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, East Carolina, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio, Ohio State, Stanford, Syracuse, UCF, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin.

"I'm still open but I like Stanford, UNC, Arkansas, N.C. State, and Louisville," Tucker stated. "I'm going to Ohio State, Wisconsin, and possibly Kansas State over the summer so that may chance upon visiting. I want to go see the college atmosphere and see how it fits my personality. One thing I'm going to look at is the player graduation rate and academic programs because education is big in my family."

This spring, Tucker has taken in junior day events at Vanderbilt and Georgia, made unofficial visits to Stanford and Auburn, and attended the Arkansas spring game.


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