"Carl Tucker is one of the most gifted and athletic kids I've ever been around," Hough head coach Bobby Collins said. "He's a humble player. I don't think he really knows how good he can be – I see a lot of potential in him and it's fun for me to watch him play. I think the sky's the limit."
Tucker began his prep career at Concord (N.C.) Robinson where he started at wide receiver since his freshman season. He ended his sophomore campaign with 27 receptions for 647 yards and six touchdowns. He also played defensive back picking off six passes and making 49 tackles.
This offseason, Tucker transferred to Hough since his mother is employed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.
"[The transfer] was pretty rough in the beginning, but I'm getting used to things and I'm starting to understand more" Tucker said. "I've learned so much more here. And I'm getting better everyday just because Mark [Fields] and Corey [Bell] are at corner and I have to go against them every practice."
For Hough, Tucker will be the go-to receiver on offense and also play the "star" position – a hybrid safety/outside linebacker – on defense.
"Carl is going to play a little bit of everything for us," Collins said. "He's going to play some defense, he's going to play some offense, he's a special teams player – he's going to be good."
Late in the Spring Evaluation Period, Clemson became the first school to offer Tucker. According to Collins, every school in the SEC and ACC has inquired about Tucker.
Tucker is being recruited for an array of positions. Clemson has offered him as a safety; UNC sees him as a wide receiver, and NC State wants to convert him to tight end.
"As of now, I'm more comfortable at wide receiver," Tucker said. "My sophomore year was my first year playing safety, but I've been playing wide receiver since the sixth grade."
Collins is unsure what Tucker's best collegiate position fit is.
During the summer months, Tucker camped at Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, and NC State. The one camp that left the greatest impression on him was Fedora's Freak Show, UNC's elite camp in late June.
"It was different, because it was the first camp I went to that had that little amount of wide receivers," Tucker said. "All the other camps I've been to have had over 50 receivers. At the Freak Show, there were only six of us, so it was easier to get reps.
"Other than that, it was very intense. I've never lifted during a camp and we lifted during the Freak Show. I liked it. It was cool."
Since Clemson is his lone offer, the Tigers have jumped out into the lead for Tucker.
"I want to say Clemson because they've offered me," Tucker said. "And I like the facilities a lot and I love the coaches and the atmosphere up there is amazing. Clemson is up there for right now."
Tucker is one of three 2015 prospects at Hough that hold FBS offers – Fields and Bell are the other two. Although Tucker is very close with Bell, he says that the decisions of his teammates won't impact his recruitment.
"It won't affect me much, because I know we have our different likes and we have our differences," Tucker said. "I think [the recruiting process] will be different for each of us. We are looking for different things."
Tucker played basketball at Jay M. Robinson, but says he plans to give up the sport to focus exclusively on football.