Backing off his verbal to the Hurricanes, the 6-4, 295 Stuckey committed to the Auburn Tigers after talking with future position coach Rodney Garner and Coach Gus Malzahn. A physical player with plenty of athleticism, Stuckey would add even more depth in 2014 and be a veteran the following year to guide what will be a young group of Tigers at the position.
As a sophomore at Pearl River, Stuckey had a solid season while sharing time on a deep defensive front four. Veteran defensive coach Willie Mack Garza (former Tennessee and USC assistant) was the coordinator for Pearl River this season and says the Tigers are getting an impact guy in Stuckey.
"He's a very dynamic football player," Garza tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He's 315 pounds or so and 6-3, and he's very explosive and very disruptive as a three-technique for us. He made a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He can also run sideline-to-sideline. His work ethic is really good. He's very strong and he'll continue to improve. He's learning how to work hard and how to be a professional.
"I think any program in the country, including Auburn, he can be a great asset. I know Auburn has a bunch of great players, but they must have a need for him or they wouldn't have recruited him. I would see him being an impact player. He does everything he's supposed to do on the field and off the field in the classroom. I see him coming in and being an impact player for Auburn."
A standout at Walton High in Defuniak Springs (Fla.), Stuckey was a three-star defensive tackle coming out of high school when he chose Florida State over Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Texas A&M, Louisville and several other schools.
He becomes the 18th public verbal commitment for the Tigers in the 2014 class and the second defensive tackle, joining another junior college lineman Devaroe Lawrence. With a pair of defensive ends already on board as well in high school players Justin Thornton and Raashed Kennion, Auburn could still add at least one more defensive lineman in this class with four-star end Andrew Williams one of the top targets.