Tucker Gets Chance to Fulfill Dream

While at his younger brother's practice, Carl Tucker received a phone call from Bobby Collins, Cornelius (N.C.) Hough's head football coach. Without saying much, Collins proceeded to call Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Charlotte area for UNC, on three-way.

Among other things, Brewer informed Tucker, a 6-foot-2, 213-pound athlete from the 2015 class, that he had a UNC scholarship offer.

"He said that he knows I'm going to get plenty of more offers," Tucker said. "He told me to do my homework and look everybody up – who graduated and who didn't. He said to make sure to look into the small stuff.

"He said that if I'd like to go to Chapel Hill that would be the perfect spot for me.

"This is a great offer for me, because as a child I was a huge Tar Heel fan. My childhood dream when we moved to North Carolina was to end up at Chapel Hill. It's a big thing to have a chance to fulfill that dream if I want to. It's pretty exciting."

On Monday, Tennessee offered Tucker. Previously, he held an offer from Clemson.

"[The UNC offer] definitely takes Clemson out of the front, because I finally have some colleges to compare to Clemson," Tucker said. "When Clemson was my only offer, that was the only school I was considering – it was like Clemson, Clemson, Clemson, Clemson, Clemson. It was the only school I'd go to. It was the only games I'd go to."

Although playing at UNC is his childhood dream, Tucker is reluctant to name the Tar Heels his leader.

"I don't have a leader as of right now, some people think Carolina is in front, but I'm not going to say that," Tucker said. "I just have to go to those schools and visit. But the [UNC] offer is a huge one for me."

When Tennessee offered, Tucker made plans to visit Knoxville this Saturday. The Volunteers host Western Kentucky that afternoon.

Tucker is looking to attend an upcoming UNC home game, but doesn't have any set plans. Beyond this coming weekend, the Tar Heels' next home game is against East Carolina on Sept. 28.

"I think it would be pretty fun to go to that game, because my sister, she runs track at East Carolina," Tucker said.

Over the summer, Tucker did make two visits to UNC for camps. He attended Fedora's Freak Show and then participated with his teammates in the Tar Heels' 7-on-7 camp.

During their conversation on Tuesday, Brewer also discussed potential positions with Tucker.

"[Brewer] basically said that they liked the way I played, liked the way I looked, and offense and defense are fighting over me," Tucker said. "He said he's fighting to have me on offense."

Tucker, whose preference is wide receiver, began his prep career at Concord (N.C.) Robinson where he started at wide receiver since his freshman season. Before transferring to Hough this offseason, 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.

"I'm more experienced at receiver and I know more about what to do," Tucker said. "I'm working on my routes and I'm working on the little things I need to improve on now, so that I can be a better receiver than safety."

Defensively, UNC projects Tucker as a Ram. While he starts at wide receiver for Hough, he also plays the "Star" position on defense, which is very similar to UNC's Ram.

Prior to the season, Tucker injured his shoulder. After sitting out Hough's season-opener, he played only a half of Friday's game and just at receiver. He expects to be a full participant on both sides of the ball this Friday against Lake Norman.

UNC had previously offered two of Tucker's teammates – Corey Bell and Mark Fields. In particular, Bell and Tucker are close friends.

"That doesn't affect our decisions, because we have different perspectives on colleges and what we like about the colleges," Tucker said. "But if it happens that Corey goes to Carolina and I go to Carolina, then that would be pretty cool to go with a teammate that I'm pretty close with. But if Corey goes to NC State, then that's fine too and would lead to some great competition."

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