D.C. DE Hopes to Solidify Offer at Camp

In an effort to turn a verbal scholarship into a solid paper scholarship offer, Romale Tucker is headed to UNC. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound jumbo athlete will attend North Carolina's individual rising senior camp this weekend.

"This Friday and Saturday I'll be at North Carolina," said Tucker. "Coach [Todd] Amis had told me that once I come down to North Carolina, they want me to do the camp and what not. And then they're supposed to offer me."

Back in April, Tucker made his first trip to Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels' spring game where he met his primary recruiter, Tommy Thigpen.

"The first time I went up for a visit, we sat at a table, and [Thigpen] verbally offered me," said Tucker. "He said he has an offer for me, but wanted to look at my film with the defensive coordinator."

While Tucker has also received a verbal offer from Virginia, he holds solid paper tenders from Syracuse and Illinois.

Tucker is being recruited as both a linebacker and a defensive end. The Tar Heels' coaching staff, however, would like to keep him down in a three-point stance.

"I believe [they are recruiting me] as a defensive end," said Tucker. "They were showing me guys that were defensive ends, how they brought them in as my size and they got them to like 240 [pounds]."

This weekend's camp is the only camp Tucker will attend this summer. He has, though, made unofficial visits to Maryland, Syracuse, and Virginia, and will make an unofficial trip to Illinois in a few weeks.

Although Tucker hasn't eliminated any school from contention, he currently claims two schools as his favorites.

"I have a top two right now," said Tucker. "It's Syracuse and Virginia, right now.

"I really like Syracuse's business management. When I went up there for a tour, I really liked what was going on. I got to meet some of their players that were there working out and Dwight Freeney was there, also. I heard he comes up there every summer. I'm thinking from him, I've got a chance to learn something.

"With Virginia, they are the one showing me the most love. Coach [Mike] London, he seems like a real cool guy."

Currently, Tucker is enrolled at Washington (D.C.) Coolidge, but has all but transferred to Washington (D.C.) Ballou with most of his teammates, including Marvin Austin.

"I'm pretty much considering going to Ballou," said Tucker. "Not because [my teammates] are over there. Our coach, he was the one making all the [recruiting] calls, and it was his decision to move me to the ‘anchor' position and that's how I got all my stats."

Those stats include 46 tackles [30 solo], 15 sacks, and a fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown. Following his junior season, Tucker earned all-league recognition.

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