Jordan Tucker (Photo by Chad Simmons)

UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: OL Jordan Tucker

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Considered the No. 55 offensive tackle in the country by • Listed as the No. 6 offensive tackle in Georgia, No. 30 in the South and No. 99 nationally by • Ranked 75th nationally among offensive tackles and the No. 75 player in Georgia by • Has served as Roswell's starting left tackle since his junior season and the team posted a 28-2 record during that time • Both loses occurred in the championship game of the 7A state playoffs, the highest classification in Georgia • As a senior, he led an offensive line that paved the way for the team to rush for 3,046 yards and pass for 2,663 • Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Metro team and was honorable mention all-state as a senior


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RECRUITMENT: While visiting Tennessee for its “Orange Carpet Day” in June, Tucker pledged to the Volunteers. Four months later, he withdrew that commitment. He went on to schedule official visits to Louisville, South Carolina, and Mississippi State on consecutive January weekends. After the holiday Dead Period, he reconnected with UNC. The contact prompted Tucker to bump his Louisville official visit in favor of the Heels. Before the end of that weekend, he had committed to UNC.

WHY CAROLINA: "I had a feeling once I really got back in contact with UNC that I really wanted to go there. … Ultimately, I'd say it was the family aspect of it. It's not just a football team and it's not just a place to go school -- it's everything. It's all those combined into one. And they really focused on football and academics, and that's really important to me."

EVALUATION: At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Tucker is a massive offensive lineman who plays with a mean streak. More importantly, he moves pretty well for that size. He started at left tackle for a team that went undefeated in each of the past two years until losing in the state championship of Georgia’s highest classification. However, because of his limited lateral agility, he may be more ideally suited for the right side.

HS COACH QUOTES: “He’s an absolutely complete offensive lineman. He has great feet, great length, but he’s also physical at the point of attack. They haven’t talked about his specific position, but obviously one of the tackle spots. I think he could do either effectively. Pass protection – he has good length and great feet –  is his greatest skill, followed by how well he down blocks on power plays to his side. He’s a hard-working kid who cares about doing things the right way and being on a team that wins. That’s kind of all he knows and that’s what I think he’s going to bring to Chapel Hill.” — John Ford, Roswell HS 

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "Close to being the biggest guy in the class. He’s 6-7 and weighed 367 pounds on his official visit. He’ll be 335 after he shows up on campus because we’re going to slim him down. But he’s very aggressive, very explosive, a lot of power. He is a people mover."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: With a new lease on his recruiting life, one of the first schools Tucker reached out to was UNC. However, he learned there was no room … Read the full subscriber-only report

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