Lions Contend for Tucker

Derrick Williams may be close to gaining icon status at Penn State. Almost any recruit in the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area mentions Williams when speaking of Penn State. It's hard to fathom that one recruit could have that big of an influence. For the Tucker family, that influence may last for another six or seven years.

Tony Tucker of St. John's College High in Washington, D.C., along with his parents and his two younger brothers Chris (13) and Cameron (11) made the trip to Happy Valley over the weekend for junior day.

“My brothers came along and they got D-Will's autograph, so they were pretty happy,” Tucker said. “I had a lot of fun at Penn State, they seemed like they really care about the whole family. I also met Joe Paterno, he is a great guy.”

Tucker, a 6-foor-3, 225-pound defensive end spent some time with defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who also is the coach responsible for recruiting Tucker.

“We took a tour around the facilities and saw some of the campus,” he said. “We ate lunch at Beaver Stadium. They have a little museum type thing that's really nice; you get to see all the history and tradition. We then split up by position and watched film with the position coaches. Coach Johnson was telling us how they run the program and that they plan on bringing in two defensive linemen. I think I have a shot at a scholarship from them. He said he'd be down at the Dunbar NFL camp in May to see me.”

Tucker picked up another offer upon his return home. The Maryland native received an offer from the Terrapins.

“It feel's good for the in-state team to finally offer me.

As a junior, Tucker recorded 65 tackles and 12 sacks while earning second team All-Conference and All-Metro honors.

With spring break coming up April 13-18, Tucker will take the chance to catch up with relatives and sneak in a couple of college tours.

“I'm going to visit some family, but I also plan on visiting Georgia and Georgia Tech while I am there,” he said.

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