SEVERN, Md. -- Tucker Strachan obviously comes from good bloodlines, what with father, Bret, a former St. John's (Washington, D.C.) and University of North Carolina quarterback in the late 1980s, as well as an uncle, Tim, the former DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Md.) standout signal-caller and now a member of the Terps football radio broadcast team.
Now the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Class of 2018 thrower is next up on the scene, and the next-man up at The Bullis School in Potomac after awaiting his turn as understudy to Dwyane Haskins for two years.
"I learned a lot from him. He taught me a lot but I am excited to take over now," said the rising junior Strachan of the former Terps commit now headed to Ohio State. "Things like if the big play is not there don't take it, kinda be patient, that sort of thing as a quarterback."
Strachan is a long and rangy pro-style quarterback who can also move around the pocket and make plays. He has an excellent frame to add more bilk/strength, maybe the only thing left in his development as he has a big arm, good vision and a high football IQ.
UNC, Maryland, Boston College are some of the schools most in touch now, while he plans to camp at UMD, UNC and PSU next summer. He was scheduled to make the Terps spring game this month but had a conflict and did not attend. He did see UNC unofficially this year.
"They are definitely up on my list for sure," Strachan said of his father's alma mater.
The Kensington native said he has attended many Terps football and basketball games coming up as a youngster over the years. This past fall he was at the Terps-Bowling Green game. He is awaiting his first round of offers, as naturally schools need to see a body of work first and this will be his first year taking the field. But he has all the earmarks of being the next Division I play-caller from the Potomac school.
His father played for a few years at UNC before hurting his back. Meanwhile, uncle Tim has long kept him up to date about all things Terps.
"A lot. He fills me in on recruiting and things like that he checks on out there," Tucker said of Tim. "And just about the game and the position in general."
Terps assistant coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim has been in touch the most with him, Strachan said.
Strachan plays basketball and golf as well, the latter at Bullis on the school team. He has played UMD golf course many times in the past, and has come up on the Terps, what with uncle Tim a ubiquitous presence in and around College Park for decades.
His quarterback coach, Chris Baucia of the Quarterback Factory in Crofton, said as Strachan continues to bulk up he could be in the mold of former pupil Kevin Hogan, the former Gonzaga High School (Washington, D.C.) standout who went on to a decorated career at Stanford who Baucia coached for several years as well.
"He hasn't told me that yet, but I think that is a great compliment," Strachan smiled of the comparison. "We both like to throw the ball around."
Strachan said of his development and waiting his turn: "It has been a long process, my freshman year and then my sophomore year, and I am just ready to get my chance next year," he said. "I went to Bullis because I just loved the atmosphere there, the sports atmosphere there, and the great coaching staff. And I thought learning and playing behind Dwyane would be a good thing."
Strachan said of the quarterback lineage in his own family tree:
"It's great for me because I get a lot of help," Strachan said of his father and uncle. "They have a lot of advice to offer me and they know what I have to do to get to the next level and to help me with that."
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Strachan and Terps 2017 quarterback commit Kasim Hill were the top two quarterback prospects at last weekend's Quarterback Factory Showcase at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn. Despite a steady downpour and chilly temps, the two hurlers shined with their footwork, throws and poise.