Ga. Safety Leaves UNC with Offer, Favorites

Before leaving North Carolina on Wednesday evening, Kirk Tucker added another offer to his collection.

"Coach [Ron] West, he told my father he was going to offer me when I came down here [on Wednesday]," Tucker said. "That's what he did.

"It feels great. It's always good to add a new offer to the board. I'm really just thankful for it."

UNC is the twelfth school to offer Tucker, a 6-foot-2, 183-pound safety from Tucker (Ga.). Arkansas, Central Florida, Connecticut, Louisville, NC State, Ohio, Stanford, Syracuse, and Vanderbilt are some of the other schools to have offered.

Besides the offer, Wednesday's visit gave Tucker a firmer grasp of which schools he is favoring.

"Actually, right now I like both North Carolina schools – North Carolina State and UNC, they're both sticking out," Tucker said. "They have a lot to offer academically and football-wise. Also, Stanford [sticks out]. Academics are big in my family, so those are three schools that really stand out to me. I like what Vanderbilt has to offer [and] they're still in my top five, but not as high as Stanford, North Carolina, and North Carolina State are."

Tucker is considering making a verbal commitment sometime in the early summer.

In the months leading up to that decision, Tucker will continue to make visits. He's scheduled to attend Arkansas' Spring Game next week and is finalizing plans for a trip to Stanford in May. He has previously visited Vanderbilt and stopped by NC State on Wednesday morning before heading over to UNC.

With his family in tow, Tucker, who's on spring break, arrived at UNC a little after noon.

"We really enjoyed everything," Tucker said. "It went great. They showed a lot of hospitality."

Tucker remained at UNC until that evening – long enough to catch the Tar Heels' 13th practice of the spring and get a feel for where he fits within UNC's defense.

"They're looking at me for the Ram safety," Tucker said. "I watched the practice and really liked what the Ram safety has to offer," Tucker said. "I think that if I were to choose to go to North Carolina, I would be very comfortable at that position and could contribute early."

Like UNC, Tucker utilizes a 4-2-5 defense. Tucker has started within that defense at the "Pony" position, which is identical to UNC's Ram, since his sophomore season. He concluded his junior campaign with 73 tackles and two interceptions.

"[Tucker's coaches] ask me to roll down and blitz or cover wide receivers," Tucker said.

Prior to practice, Tucker received a full campus tour.

"They brought me to the building for my major, nursing, which was really nice to see," Tucker said. "Knowing that they have one of the top hospitals in the region is nice to know – and it's right on their campus."

Tucker's meeting also included a meeting with Larry Fedora.

"He was just explaining to me what kind of guys he needs for his program," Tucker said. "He said that I'm a great fit for their program – I'll be a great player for their team and a great student for their school. He likes what I have to offer."

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