Tucker to Visit Maryland

Among the most coveted players on the Maryland football staff's 2007 wishlist is Washington D.C. defensive end Tony Tucker. Terp Sports Reports' Jeff Ermann caught up with Tucker on Monday for an update on his recruitment.

Tony Tucker, a 6-3, 225-pound, four-star prospect from St. John’s College High School, will be in College Park Wednesday. There, he’ll sit and talk with head coach Ralph Friedgen for the first time since the Terps tendered a scholarship offer last winter.

“He seems like a cool person … I haven’t really gotten a chance to talk to him much,” said Tucker, who still has a lengthy list of schools he’s considering.

In no particular order, Tucker is looking at Maryland, Pitt, Boston College, Clemson, North Carolina, Southern Cal., Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Michigan State. USC is the only school on the list not to have offered, and appears an unlikely destination. Tennessee seems to have piqued his interest, in part because former teammate Rico McCoy plays for the Volunteers.”

“I want to probably narrow [the list] down during the season,” said Tucker, a speedy but undersized end who could move to outside linebacker in college – or, possibly, the “LEO” position at Maryland.

Tucker compares himself to NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White because of his religious devotion, and to All-Pro Carolina Panthers end Julius Peppers because he shares Tucker’s quiet, shy demeanor.

Tucker does not expect to make a decision until after his high school season; he wants to announce his choice on live TV at the Army All-American Bowl, assuming he is selected. Until then, he says, he’ll be doing a lot of homework on his prospective future college homes.

“I look at picking a school as kind of like getting married; I’m not going to rush into it,” he said.

Meanwhile, he’ll be keeping close tabs on Maryland throughout the season.

“I basically know everything about Maryland,” he said. “I just want to see how they do this year.”

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