D.C. Lineman Visits Chapel Hill

A few weeks back, Tony Tucker included an unofficial trip to North Carolina within a four-campus tour, which kicked off his recruiting process. Although the majority of the coaching staff was on vacation, recruiting coordinator Tommy Thigpen stayed behind to host the Scout.com three-star prospect.

"We arrived up there on a Saturday morning and they showed us around the place and they showed us around the field," said Tucker. "Most of the coaches were on vacation the weekend we came by, but Coach ‘Thig' [Tommy Thigpen] stayed. That was pretty special that all the coaches left, but he stayed there for me.

"I was really impressed by the amount of players [UNC] has put into the [National Football] League. They have a good tradition." Tucker, a 6-foot-3 225-pound defensive end from Washington (D.C.) St. Johns College, also visited Clemson, Georgia, and Tennessee during his campus tour.

"It was a busy weekend," said Tucker.

Tucker is very much on the Tar Heels' radar, even though he has yet to receive an official (mailed) scholarship offer.

"Yeah [I have a scholarship from UNC]; I'm pretty excited," said Tucker. "I think it was a verbal [offer]."

Although North Carolina's tender is of the verbal variety, Tucker has approximately 20 solid scholarship offers including Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Recently, though, Tucker narrowed his list of options down to a more manageable amount.

"I came up with my top ten about a week ago," said Tucker. "[The ten include] Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Maryland, USC, Tar Heels, Michigan State, and Virginia Tech."

During the season Tucker will narrow it down to five schools and then take his official visits before making a verbal commitment.

According to Tucker, North Carolina made the cut based mostly off of their strong recruiting efforts.

"Coach ‘Thig,' he shows me a lot of love with text messages – that's basically what stands out to me," said Tucker. "UNC they're a big family and they should have a lot of success [in their future]."

During his junior season, Tucker earned all-conference honors after recording 65 tackles including 12 sacks and 17 for a loss, and one interception.

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