GIDEL: Kentucky Eyes Georgia Peach

Playing in a predominantly run oriented offense at Riverdale High School, made it very difficult for 6-foot-3, 170 pound wide receiver Rashad Tukes to gain attention during the season.

So Tukes has made every effort to ensure this summer, his name got out.

"Things have been going real good," Tukes said. "I have a new (scholarship) from Virginia. That's the only new offer I have. Kentucky and Kent State offered, previously."

The ACC powerhouse and upstart had been in the process of offering Tukes for months and the Cavaliers coaching staff finally came through with the paper work.

"I had talked to them when I went down for the 7-on-7 and individual camp in Atlanta, like two months ago," Tukes added. "It was a real good experience. (Virginia) called me when I came back from Atlanta and said that they were offering me and that they were sending it soon."

Tukes was glad another offer came through. "It's always good to get an offer from another Division 1 school," Tukes reinterrated.

One school that has really made head-way is the Kentucky Wildcats. The first school to offer Tukes, the Riverdale (Ga.) product says the SEC upstart has been giving him a lot of attention since they've offered.

"Right now they seem to send me the most letters and call me the most to keep me interested," Tukes stated. "They send me emails, text messages and stuff."

According to Tukes, the interest is mutual. "It's always good to get an offer from an SEC school, but particularly Kentucky, because I've always like Kentucky very much," Tukes added. "I've been looking at them, really, ever since I was a little kid. It's always good to get an offer from any SEC school, because I've always wanted to play in a top conference."

Tukes' top choices have a Southern flavor, as Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Virginia, Kentucky and Miami currently hold the top spot for his services.

The Peach state native accumulated over 700 yards and 7 touchdowns on just 18 catches. "I'm an all around player and athlete," Tukes said of himself. "I'm a pretty humble player. I play in a run oriented offense at Riverdale, with my main job being to bring the ball down when it's in the air."

"Whichever school I chose, will be getting a blocker, an aggressive receiver and a play-maker. All-around, just someone who wants to win."


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