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Ga. O-lineman Jordan Tucker Makes Room for UNC Official

Jordan Tucker has a connection to UNC.

Earlier this week, Jordan Tucker was slated to officially visit Louisville this coming weekend. Since then, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman from Roswell (Ga.) has bumped Louisville in favor of visiting North Carolina.

"North Carolina has always been a school that I've been interested in," Tucker said. "They're a great program, they have great academics -- they have everything I want in a program. 

"They just had a recent JuCo de-commit [Kelby Wickline]. And so I had asked the coaches if they had an open spot on their roster and if I could take a visit. And then finally [Chris Kapilovic] said, 'If you could, it would be great.' 

"This weekend I had [an official visit to] Louisville. And my thought process was I've visited Louisville two times now and I really wanted to expand my horizons and go visit other colleges, as well. So, I decided to switch that visit to UNC."

This weekend's official visit will be Tucker's first visit of any kind to UNC.

"Really, I want to learn what their offense and their team is like," Tucker said. "I just want to get a good feel for the college."

Tucker has a circuitous connection to UNC. Former teammate, Tyrone Hopper, is a freshman linebacker at the school. The relationship between Tucker and Hopper extends beyond Roswell High; he has known the Hopper family since he was seven years old.

"I'm actually going up to his hair cut place today," Tucker said. "We're really close. I text Tyrone every now and then to see what he's up to. And I'm always talking with his little brother [Tyneil Hopper] and his dad."

During the aforementioned conversations, the Hoppers have shared their thoughts on UNC.

"They love it," Tucker said. "That was their hometown; that was where Tyrone and Tyneil grew up. They said they have a great athletic, as well as academic, program -- it's ranked top in the nation in academics, I know that for a fact. Not just football, they have basketball and other sports that they're very successful in. It's very well-rounded as a college."

After returning from UNC, Tucker will officially visit South Carolina and Mississippi State on the ensuing two weekends, respectively. He doesn't plan to reschedule the Louisville official trip.

In addition to the three schools he'll officially visit, Tucker is considering Auburn, Louisville, and Virginia Tech. However, he believes any school that receives an official trip reaps an advantage.

"[The schools that I officially visit] get to showcase everything they have over two days, instead of just a couple of hours on an unofficial visit," Tucker said. 

With that said, Louisville, the school that lost its official visit, is the team to beat as Tucker heads into his official visit schedule.

"I talk to my recruiting coordinator up there almost everyday," Tucker said. "If there were to be a 'driver's seat,' [Louisville] would be in it. I don't necessarily have a top school or top five or anything. But, they for sure have been recruiting me the longest. I would say I have the best connection with them right now."

Learning from a previous mistake, Tucker says he'll "for sure" wait until Signing Day to make his college decision.

"I don't want to mess up like I did before and jump into a commitment too early," Tucker said. "I want to take as much time as I possibly can."

Beginning in June, Tucker spent four months on Tennessee's commitment list.

Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach, has taken the reins on Tucker's recruitment. Kap has penciled Tucker in as a college offensive tackle.

"I definitely have the size for a tackle, [UNC] just want to see the footwork first because you have to be fast on your feet as a tackle," Tucker said. "I know I can play guard, as well."

Since his junior season, Tucker has been Roswell's starting left tackle. During that span, the Hornets have posted a 28-2 record; both loses occurred in the championship game of Georgia's highest classification. In 2016, Tucker anchored an O-line that cleared the way for its offense to rush for 3,046 yards and pass for 2,663.

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